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9 tt i a Thursday, July 25, 1985 The News-Journal papers B3 IN MEMORIAM Obituaries Man pleads in mailing of threatening letters RitaK.Pfister Rita K. Pfister, 59, of 568 Woods Edge Road, died of cancer Tuesday at home. Mrs. Pfister, a medical technician, worked for the state Board of Health from 1955 to 1960, and at Kent General Hospital from 1950 to 1955. She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, and was a 1948 graduate of Temple University.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth two sons, Dr. Kevin Pfister of Berkeley, and Brian H. of Santa Clara, three daughters, Judy K. Bouthot of Lymen, Maine, Karen T. Vander Meyden of Lake Arrow, and Donna M.

Pfister of Los Angeles; two brothers, James Green of Silver Spring, and John Green of East Aurora, N.V.; and four grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday in Holy Cross Catholic Church, South State Street, Dover. There will be no viewing. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Dover.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Delaware Hospice, 637 S. Governors Dover 19901. giene clinic since 1977. Christopher A. Amalfitano, his court-appointed lawyer, said that Donahue recently had also been seeing a psychologist associated with a drug-rehabilitation program.

A condition of Donahue's release in May under bail after he was returned to Delaware from North Carolina was that he attend the rehabilitation program. The penalty for mailing a threatening communication is up to five years in jail and up to $1,000 fine. The plea agreement provided that the government would recommend at sentencing that Donahue be committed to a hospital for inpatient psychiatric treatment, followed by outpatient therapy. Schwartz told Donahue the recommendation was not binding on the court and even if the court made such a recommendation, the federal Bureau of Prisons might not follow it. The judge said he thought it was "highly unlikely" that Donahue would not be incarcerated.

office stated, "If I could get a gun, which I can't, I'd certainly try to kill one of you." The letter included Donahue's name, address and phone number, Falgowski said. FBI agents went to see Donahue, who told them he had no intention of hurting anyone, Falgowski said. The agents told Donahue that such messages could alarm the recipients and he should not write any more of them. On March 13, the prosecutor said, a letter was received in Roth's office which read in part, "A little lead for your head is in order. Just file me under prospective assassins." Falgowski said there was a reference in the letter to the earlier letter to Biden.

The FBI examined both letters and found Donahue's fingerprints on both. A comparison of the handwriting determined that the same person probably wrote both, said Falgowski. Donahue told Schwartz that he had been attending a mental hy By TOM GREER Staff reporter A 34-year-old man charged with sending threats to Delaware's two U.S. senators pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to a single count of mailing a threatening communication. Charles F.

Donahue of the 3400 block Madison entered the Elea in U.S. District Court before hief Judge Murray M. Schwartz, who said there would be a presentence investigation. Donahue remained free under $15,000 bail. Donahue was arrested in March on charges of sending threastening letters to Sens.

Joseph R. Biden and William V. Roth R-Del. He was committed by U.S. Magistrate N.

Richard Powers for a psychiatric examination at a federal facility in Butner, N.C. After a 45-day study, he was found to be mentally competent and not a threat. Assistant U.S. Attorney Edmund Falgowski said that on Feb. 25, a letter mailed to Biden's Wilmington Bedding By ROBIN BROWN Staff reporter Marge Meyermann chokes up when she recalls the young welfare mother who was telling her social worker about what she needed for her apartment.

The list of furnishings that she lacked was to be given to Meyermann, whose volunteer services program in the Division of State Service Centers gathers household donations for needy welfare clients. The young woman listed a few household needs, such as kitchen items and then the social worker asked if the woman had adequate bedding. The mother said no, but that it wasn't a big deal: "She said she never had a bed in her life before, and she and her child always slept on the floor. That was what she had done as a child, and she didn't even know that a child should have a bed," Meyermann said. sought for needy Drums yield more marijuana ABRAMS In loving memory of Cart Abrami on hit Birthday, July 25.

Loving mining you. Wilt Clara, Daughter Jovct, Grandchildren Derrick, Darren Trad HICK EN In loving memory of a wonderful Father and Grandfather, Charlet Hlcken, who the Good Lord called home one year ago today, July 25, 1M. Hit memory li at dear today At In the hour he pasted away. Loved, Frank, Wary and Family WATSON In memory of my husgand Clinton Walton, Jr. who departed this life yean ago today.

We mitt you now, our Hearlt are tore At lime goet by, we mitt you more. Your loving smile your gentle lace No one can fill your vacant place. Dearly misted by wife Mary G. Walton, Sliter-ln-law, nieces, nephews, great nephews CARD OF THANKS CARTOLANO The family of Bruno J. Cartolano wishes to express tincerett gratitude to all who were Involved In hit care.

Especially those from Christiana Hospital, Bavada Nurset, Delaware Hospice, Father Mario and to our relatives, frlendt and neighbors who extended their thoughtfulness through cards, (lowers and all other acts of kindness. The Cartolano Family FIDANCE We wish to express to all our family and frlendt our sincere thankt for their caring and thoughttulnett during our time of grief. God bless all of vou. The family of Vincent P. Fldance Sr.

STACY The Wife and Family of Richard A. Stacy with to express our deepest gratitude to me paramedics, ttate police helicopter crew, staff of the Christina Hotpital, Personnel of Jet Blatt, Chester, PA, Delaware Power and Light, BFI of Frederlcktown, NJ and relallvet, frlendt and neighbor! for their prayert, sympathy cards, matt cards, flowers, food, and many acts of klndnett thown to ut. Wife, Mother, Brothers and Sisters DEATH NOTICES BENDER In Christiana Hospital on July 21, 198S Thereto G. Wife of the late William J. Bender Jr.

of 3600 Rustic Lane, Wilm. Age 59 years. Relatives and frlendt are Invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Beloved R.C. Church, 907 Mllltown Rd, Sherwood Park on Thurtday morning at 9:30.

interment will be in All Saintt Cemetery. Frlendt may call at the MEALEY FUNERAL HOME, Limestone Mlillown Rdt on Wednesday evening after 7. BUFFINGTON On Monday, July 22, 19S5, Edward S. Bufflngton, husband of Lvdia Tallev Bufflngton of Elk Creek Oxford, PA in his 12nd year. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service from the Oxford United Methodist Church, Market and Addison Oxford, PA on Friday, July 26, 1985 at 2PM.

Interment Grace Episcopal Cemetery, 4900 Concord Pike, DE Friends may call at the DOUGLAS H. WOODWORTH FUNERAL HOME, 610 Market Oxford, PA, Thursday evening from 7 to 9. Masonic tervice at Thurtday evening. In lieu of (lowers memorial gifts may be made to the Oxford United Methodist Church, Market Addison Oxford. BURRIS In the Bee be Hotpital, Lewes, DE on July 20, 1985, Randall husband of Suzanne E.

Burrit of 1830 Gilpin Ave. Aged 73 years. Relatives and friends are Invited to attend the servlcet from the McCRERY MEMORIAL CHAPEL, Kirkwood Highway and Duncan Road on Thurtday, July 25 at 11am. Interment in Gracelawn Memorial Park. Frlendt may call at the funeral home on Wednesday evening alter 7.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the Arthritis Foundation of Delaware, 234 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington 19809. CULLINANE In this city on July 20, 1985, at St. Francis Hospital, Margaret wife of the late Edward of 3205 Washington Street. Age 81 years. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral from the DOHERTY WICK-ERSHAM FUNERAL HOME, 1900 Delaware Avenue, on Thurtday morning, July 25 at 9:00.

Matt of Christian Burial will be offered at Christ Our King R. C. Church, 28th Monroe Streets at 10:00. Interment in Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call at the DOHERTY WICKERSH AM Funeral Home on Wednesday evening after 7.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Christ Our King Church, 28th Monroe St. OAVIS in The Christiana Hospital on July 22, 1985, William F. Davis, of South Chapel Slreet, Newark, DE. Brother ot Pearl Flowers of Wilmington, DE. Alto turvlved bv a devoted friend Beatrice Jackton of Wilmington and a hott of other devoted frlendt.

Relatives and friendt are Invited to attend the funeral services at the St. Thomas AUMP Church, Frenchlown Road, Glatgow, DE on Friday afternoon, July 26 at 1:00. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Friendt may call at the church on Friday from 12 noon until 1 P.M. Arrangements by the RYLAND FUNERAL HOME.

GAINES In this city on July 21, 1985. John E. Gaines, aged 36, of 4009 Byron Road, Brandy-wine Hills. Husband of Barbara A. Gaines.

Father of Barbara Rhonda Sheneda and LaTanya C. Gaines, all of Wilmington. Son of Claura R. and Curtis C. Gaines, of Hustle, VA.

Brother of Charles, Nathan, Ella Mae Howard, Chris tine and Douglas Gaines, all of Hustle, VA. Also suvived bv 4 grandchildren, a paternal grandmother Mrs. Rebecca Byrd of Sliver Springs, MD, 1 niece, 2 nephews, mother in-law Grade M. Mitchell of Virginia Beach, VA, 1 sister in-law, 7 brothers In-law, other relatives and friends. Relatives and frlendt may call at CONGO FUNERAL HOME, 201 N.

Gray Wilmington on Saturday, July 27 from lOam-lpm. Funeral services will be held at Anetloch Baptist Church, Champlain, VA, on Sunday at Interment will be in adioining church cemetery. HARDEN In thli city on July 20, 1985, Keith G. Harden, age 35, of 1302 Stubbt Ct, Wilm. Father of Marda E.

and Sharon D. Harden of Brooklyn, NY, Donetia Harden of Wilm and Dlvelta Ove of New York, NY. Son of Rotanna G. Harden and Thomas Thomas, both of Wilm, brother of Edwin, Marcia Douglas Stacy O. and Deanna S.

Harden, Anthony and Marva Jackson, all of Wilm and grandson of Frank Garrett of Wilm. Also survived by two aunts, four uncles, 12 nieces, four nephews and a host of cousint, other relativet and friendt. Relatives and friendt are Invited to attend funeral tervicet at CONGO FUNERAL HOME, 201 N. Gray Ave, on Friday evening, July 26 at Bpm. Interment in Rolling Green Cemetery on Saturday morning.

Friendt may call at the funeral home on Friday from 6-8pm. HASTINGS In Belfry, Kentucky on July 21, 1985, Rutsell M. Hastings, husband of Iva Dean Hastings. Aged 58 years. Relatives and friendt are invited to attend the funeral tervice on Friday morning, July 26th, at 11 o'clock at ROBERT T.

JONES SON FUNERAL HOME, 122 W. Main St, Newark. Interment in Gracelawn Memorial Park. Friendt may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 7-9. HIRZEL In the VA Hospital on July 23, 1985, S.

Taylor, of 2210 Amhurtt Rd, Fairfax. Husband of Dorothy Marthall Hirzel. Aged 68 veart. Relativet and friendt are invited to attend the funeral service on Saturday, July 27, at 11AM, at Grace Episcopal Church, 4900 Concord Pk. Friends may call Friday evening after 7 at the MCCRERY MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, .3924 Concdrd Pk.

Interment will be at Grace P.E. Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to the Arthritis Foundation, 234 Philadelphia Pk, DE 19809. LAURENZI In Christiana Hotpital on Monday, i July 22, 1985 Francit A. Laurenzi III, Infant son of Francis A.

and Rebecca Ann Laurenzi Jr. of 147 Piano Dr, Harmony Woods. Age 3'a months. Relatives and friendt are invited to attend the services on Thursday afternoon, July 25, 1985 at 1:00 at the MCCRERY MEMORIAL CHAPEL, Kirkwood Hwy and Duncan Rd where friends may call on Wednesday evening after 7. Interment will be In All Saints Cemetery, Kirkwood Hwy.

MCGINNES On July 23, 1985, Ida N. McGinnes at the Courtland Manor Nursing Home, Dover, DE, formerly of 2401 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilm, DE. Aged 84 yeart. Wife of the late F. Earl McGinnes.

Relatives and friendt are Invited to attend the funeral tervicet on Thursday morning, July 25 at 11 am at the SPICER-MULLIKIN FUNERAL HOME, DuPonl Parkway E. Van Buren Ave, Wilmington Manor. Interment will be In Riverview Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday morning from 10 am service time. MORFORD In this city on July 22, 1985, Jamet of 505 W.

19th SI. Aged 67 yeart. Husband of Margaret Phillips Morford. Relatives and friendt are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Friday, July 26 at 11 am at the MCCRERY MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 3924 Concord Pike, Tallevvllle. There will be no viewing.

Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Brandvwint Dialysis Center, 2300 Pennsylvania Ave, Wilm, DE 19805 or The National Kidney Foundation of DE, 1C Trolley Square, Wilml9806 Thompson services Services for Robin C. Thompson, 23, who died Tuesday when the car she was driving went out of control and struck a utility pole on Philadelphia Pike in Claymont, will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Gebhart Funeral Home, 3401 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont. Friends may call at the funeral home tonight from 7 to 9.

Burial will be in Lawncroft Cemetery, Linwood, Pa. Mrs. Thompson, of 211 Wood-green Court, Radnor Woods, was a dental assistant in the office of Dr. Gerald Kronfeld of Claymont for two years. She is survived by her husband, Oakie; a son, John her mother, Mildred E.

Anderson of Claymont; her father, Walter Anderson of Oak Orchard; and a brother, Michael Anderson of Claymont. Samuel Carlis Samuel Carlis, 89, of Kutz Home, 704 River Road, formerly of Coffee Run Condominiums, Hockessin, died of respiratory failure Wednesday in the nursing home. Mr. Carlis worked for Berger's Plumbing Heating Supplies in Chester, for 40 years. He was a floor manager when he retired in 1970.

He was an Army veteran of World War I and a member of the American Legion in Chester. His wife, Fannie died in 1959. He is survived by a daughter, Marilyn C. Shapiro of Hockessin; two brothers, Rubin of Cherry Hill, N.J., and Jack of Philadelphia; four grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren. Graveside services will be at 1 1 a.m.

Friday in Wilmington Jewish Community Cemetery, Foulk Road. Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Kutz Home, 704 River Road, Wilmington 19809. Edward Buffington OXFORD, Pa. Edward Buffington, 81, of Elk Creek Road died Monday in a drowning accident while fishing at Octorara Creek, near Lee's Bridge. Mr.

Buffington lived in Oxford, for 43 years. He was born in Rosedale, and moved to Oxford in 1942. Mr. Buffington was a farmer until he retired in 1966. He was a member of Oxford United Methodist Church, where he was on the administrative board and various committees.

He was also a member of Southern Chester County Men's Fellowship, a member and past master of Free Accepted Mason Lodge 353, member and past high priest of Royal Arch Chapter 223 and past commander of Cyprus Commandery 93. He is survived by his wife, Lydia a daughter, Margaret B. Stahl-man of Wauwatosa.Wis.; a sister, Emilie Ironside of Kennett Square, and two grandchildren. Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. in Oxford United Methodist Church.

Friends may call today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Douglas H. Woodworth Funeral Home, 610 Market Oxford, where a Masonic service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Burial will be in Grace Episcopal Cemetery, 4900 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Oxford United Methodist Church, Market and Addison streets, Oxford, Pa.

19363. DEATH NOTICES PHILLIPS On July 22, 1985, Herman age 78, husband of Lorravne nee Gooding, of Stone Harbor, NJ, formerly of Wilmington. Father of Barbara P. Kurtz. Also survived by 2 Granddaughters and a Great Grandson.

Services Friday, al the RADZIETA FUNERAL HOME, 9 Hand Ave, Cape May Court House, N.J. Interment Odd Fellows Laurel, DE, 2PM Friday. Memorials may be made lo the Stone Harbor Rescue Squad, Stone Harbor, NJ. 08247. REEVE In Christiana Hospital on July 21, 1985.

Charles H. husband of Catherine Keller Reeve, of 57 Oak Knoll Road, Wilmington. Aged 62 years. Relatives and friends are Invited to attend Mats of Christian Burial at St. John The Beloved RC Church, 907 Milltown Road, Sherwood Park on Thursday morning, July 25 at 11 o'clock.

Interment al All Saints Cemetery. Friends may call al the MEALEY FUNERAL HOME, Limestone and Milltown Roads on Wednesday evening alter 7. In lieu of flowers the family suggests conlributiont to the American Heart Association, 4-C Trolley Square, DE 19806. ROYAL In St Francis Hospital on July 18, 1985, William (Poor Bill) Roval, aged 66 years, of 1222 E. 22nd Street, husband of Evelyn A.

Royal. Father of Charleslene L. Casson of Washington, D.C. Son of the late Harrison and Mary Roval. Brother of Helen Smilev, Melvin Walfer L.

Royal all of Wilmington. Also survived bv two grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services at the CONGO FUNERAL HOME, 201 N. Gray Avenue, on Thursday, July 25lh, at 7pm. Interment In Gracelawn Memorial Park on Friday morning.

Friendt may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from S-7pm. TAMMANY In this city on July 23, 1985, Isabella Tammany of 1 105 McKennans Church Rd, Sherwood Park II. Aged 82 years. Relallvet and frlendt are invited to attend the services on Saturday morning, July 27 at 11:00 at the MCCRERY MEMORIAL CHAPEL, Kirkwood Hwy Duncan Rd. There will be no viewing.

Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to The Delaware Association for Retarded Citizens, Rosemont Ave Bowers St, Wilm, DE or The Westminster Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania Ave Rodney SI, Wilm, DE. THOMPSON Suddenly on July 23, 1985,. Robin wife of Oakie Thompton, of 211 Woodgreen Court, Radnor Woods, Claymont. Aged 23 yeart.

Relativet and friendt are Invited to attend the funeral tervice at the GEBHART FUNERAL HOME, 3401 Phila. Pike, Claymont, on Friday morning, July 26 at 11 o'cloccok. Interment at Lawn Croft Cemetery. Frlendt may call at the funeral homo on Thursday evening from 7 til 9. TOMHAVE In Logan Square East, Philadelphia, Pa on July 21, 1985, Ethel Irene Tom-have, wife of the late Arthur Edward Tomhave; mother of Lois Mae Moody and grandmother of Carl Edward Moody of Arlington, Texas and Irene Riviere of Austin, Texas, aged 85 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, August 17, 1985, at In the Firtl Presbyterian Church of Newark, 292 W. Main St, Newark, De. Private funeral service and interment at the convenience of the family. There will be no viewing. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Ethel Irene Tomhave and Arthur Edward Tomhave Memorial Fund, co The University of Delaware, Newark, De 19711.

Arrangements bv SPICER MULLIKIN WARWICK FUNERAL HOME. a lot of these people need sheets, pillows, pillowcases everything." Meyermann said she can be reached at 421-6167 or 421-6168. Meyermann's office also sponsors the "Adopt-A-Family" program each Christmas, which matches volunteers who provide holiday gifts and household items for needy families. Money donations are also accepted, and the money would be used mainly for buying mattress covers to stretch the life of marginal-quality mattresses that some families have. "Anyone can call us to arrange for us to pick up their donations, but we also could use help with transportation.

We're not saying people would have to give a lot of time, but if someone with a truck could even help us with one delivery, we'd be incredibly grateful," Meyermann said. Police were not notified of the incident until Clifton came to the barracks Wednesday. Wawa store is robbed BIRMINGHAM TOWNSHIP, Pa. A man who appeared to be hiding a weapon in a towel wrapped around his hand robbed the Wawa convenience store on U.S. 202 early Wednesday morning and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash, state police said.

1 Police said the man entered the store near the intersection with U.S. 1 about 2 a.m. and demanded money from the lone clerk, Thomas Mills III. They said the man took cash from the register and the store's safe. He was last seen running west on U.S.

1. The robber was described as a white male about 30 years old who was wearing a yellow T-shirt and white swim trunks. Police said he was about 5-foot-9 and weighed about 210 pounds. Drowning suspected WEST NOTTINGHAM TOWNSHIP, Pa. An elderly Oxford man was found dead Monday afternoon in Octoraro Creek and offi-ijtals suspect he may have drowned while trying to free his fishing line.

Edward Buffington 81, of the 1000 block of Elk Creek Road, was dead on arrival at Southern Chester County Medical Center in Jenners-ville. Relatives contacted police after Buffington failed to return home from a morning fishing trip on the creek, which forms part of the boundary between Chester and Lancaster counties. Police and local rescue teams found the body just below Lee's Bridge about 1:30 p.m. Compiled by Matthew Casey and Esther Iverem "I couldn't believe it. It almost made me cry.

To think that she had grown to adulthood and had a child, but never had a bed." A much more typical situation among welfare clients, Meyermann said, is a mother sleeping on the floor or couch while three or four children share a single mattress. "In the past year, we found beds for more than 500 clients," said Meyermann, who has an office on the grounds of Delaware State Hospital, on U.S. 13 near Minquadale. But there are more than 400 public-assistance clients throughout Delaware who are sleeping on their floors or couches, or on mattresses without box springs, she said. Many are children.

Meyermann said her office is in the midst of a special effort this month and next to find bedding for those people. "We can give people tax slips for their donations," she said. "We'll take any beds or parts of beds, and Police fire them, began fondling her and then exposed himself. The two children ran home and told their parents, who called police. Holstein had been staying with relatives in the unit block of Colby Avenue in the same development 'Homicide victim' alive NORTH EAST, Md.

A North East man told state police on Wednesday that he had killed another man this past weekend, but police later learned the alleged victim was alive. Police said Roger W. Clifton, 18, of Cedar Hill Court, thought he had strangled 30-year-old James H. Jordan on North Main Street Extended. They said Jordan's body was later dumped under the Chesapeake City bridge.

Clifton was charged with assault with intent to murder, robbery, assault and battery, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, police said. He was committed to Cecil County Detention Center for lack of $75,000 bail. The assault happened about 10 p.m. after the two men had been riding around and then stopped on North Main Street near the Amtrak railroad tracks. Police said the men 'had been aquaintances for about two months and were riding in Jordan's car.

When they stopped, Clifton ordered the man out of the car and choked him with a shirt, police said. They said he then put Jordan's body in the car and drove to Chesapeake City, where he left the body near a bridge pillar. Police said Clifton took some property, but did not specify what, besides the car. Joan B. Walton DOVER Joan B.

Walton, 54, of 1535 S. State died of cancer Tuesday in Christiana Hospital, near Stanton. Mrs. Walton was a member of Capitol Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Retired Army Col.

Rhesa O. Walton; two sons, William R. Foster of Frederica and Edward O. Foster of Dover, a daughter, Diane Jenkins of Honolulu, Hawaii; a sister, Audrey Johnson of Los Gatos, and two stepsons, Richard and Michael Walton, both of Dover. Services will be at 2 p.m.

Saturday in Capitol Baptist Church, Kes-selring Avenue. There will be no viewing. Burial will be in Sharon Hill Memorial Park, Dover. Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Capitol Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 401 Kesserling Avenue, Dover 19901. Margaret G.

Wilson SWARTHMORE, Pa. Margaret G. Wilson, 84, died of a heart attack Saturday in Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Mrs. Wilson was a resident of Swarthmore since 1926.

She also had a home in Rehoboth Beach, Del. She was born in Milford, and graduated from Spence School in New York City. She was a member of Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, Swarthmore Women's Club, Random Garden Club in Swarthmore, Community Nursing Service, Red Cross, Colonial Dames of America and Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also an honorary member of the American Dental Education Association. Her husband, Marvel, died in 1975.

She is survived by two sons, Marvel Jr. of Wallingford and Lay-ton G. Wilson of Media; and six grandchildren. Services will be today at 10:30 a.m. in Swarthmore Presbyterian Church.

Entombment will be Thursday in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford. Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Margaret G. Wilson Memorial Fund, in care of Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, Harvard Avenue, Swarthmore 19081, or the Dr. G. Layton Grier Memorial Scholarship Fund, attention: R.J.

Desmond, 211 E. Chicago Suite 1630, Chicago 60611. Tennyson W. Gaines LAUREL Tennyson W. Gaines, 63, of 433 W.

Sixth died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Sea-ford. Mr. Gaines worked at the Du Pont Co. nylon plant in Seaford for more than 23 years. He retired about 18 months ago.

He was a member of Mount Nebo United Methodist Church, Columbia, where he sang in the senior choir. He is survived by two sons, Reginald W. Morris of Salisbury, and Harold Smith of Seaford; a daughter, Anecia Gray of Delmar; two brothers, Irvin of Salisbury and David of Delmar; two sisters, Vivian Beckett of Frankford and Lydia Thomas of Sharptown, and seven grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Mount Nebo United Methodist Church, Columbia, where friends may call Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery. Other deaths Albert Tanner, the last surviving Spanish-American War in Washington state and the nation's fourth-oldest war veteran, has died at the age of 105. Tanner, who had been in nursing care since 1977 at the Washington Soldiers' Home in Orting, died at a Tacoma, hospital. Services were planned for today in the Washington Soldiers' Home Chapel. State and federal drug investigators finished searching the mol-lasses-filled drums seized in Friday night's drug raid and found another 2,660 pounds of marijuana, a Drug Enforcement Administration official said Tuesday.

Investigators seized the 155 drums when they arrested four New Castle County' men at Tri-State Mini Storage, where the men had opened about 10 drums and gathered about 300 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana had been compressed into discs, weighing about 30 pounds each, and wrapped in plastic before being hidden in some of the 20-gallon drums. Investigators said the drums had been modified to hold the marijuana disc at one end of the drum when U.S. Customs officials probed the contents from a side valve. Customs workers at the Port of Baltimore discovered the marijuana when the shipment arrived from Jamaica several weeks ago.

They notified DEA officials, who followed the shipment to Philadelphia and later to the storage facility near Claymont. Sexual assault charged A 17-year-old Cleveland youth was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with sexually assaulting a 5-year-old Claymont-area girl, New Castle County police said. David V. Holstein was also charged with indecent exposure, police said. Holstein was arraigned at Magistrate Court 11 and committed to the Bridge House juvenile detention center, according to Sgt.

Ronald G. Albence, a county police spokesman. About 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday the 5-year-old girl and her 7-year-old brother were playing in woods behind Denham Avenue in Knollwood. Albence said Holstein came upon Telephone problems cleared up By STEVE MORELLI Staff reporter Problems with telephone exchanges that were experiencing difficulty since Monday were cleared up Wednesday, a Diamond State Telephone official said.

"We have no indications of machine problems today," said Robert H. Williams, Diamond State public relations district manager. "We normally expect some bugs in a new system, but Monday's load was a case of too much, too fast." The exchanges, 475, 478, 479, 762 and 764 were changed over to a digital switching system Sunday. The system was overloaded Monday by Bruce Springsteen fans trying to obtain concert tickets that went on sale at 10 that morning, which, coin-cidently, is the busiest time of the day on the phone lines. The deluge affected phone service statewide but when it ended, the five exchanges still had problems.

The system experienced "software problems" that left customers with slow dial tones and noises on the lines, said William B. Bowden, a Diamond State Telephone regional service manager. The digital switching system allows customers to use services such as "call waiting," with which a customer can receive notification of another call while using the phone. Diamond State Telephone uses digital systems in "six or seven other central offices in the state," said Robert H. Williams, Diamond State public relations district manager.

The other systems were manufactured by Westen Electric, an company. The new system in northwest Wilmington is a Northern Telecom product. A..

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