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ROBERT KOHL
 

Robert F. Kohl, Sr.

"Bob"

Robert F. Kohl, Sr., "Bob" was called by God on January 22, 2009.

Born in Kingston, PA to John Baptist and Mary Evangiline Kohl, Bob had three brothers and three sisters who all liked each other. Other blessings included his friends throughout life, his opportunity to spend 34 years in high school teaching History, English, Spanish, Driver Education, coaching Debate and Speech, and sharing with many others the breakthrough of the draft of the Delaware Teacher Negotiation Law in the Alfred I. DuPont School District. Bob and Catherine were privileged to serve as volunteers with the Christiana ER in the chaplain's department, Ministry of Caring, Red Cross Transportation Dept., Salvation Army Red Kettle program, and a variety of Pro-Life and Catholic Lay Ministries and Knights of Columbus projects. Bob served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and was a proud Son of the American Revolution.

Bob is survived by his wife of 48 years, Catherine; son, Robert, Jr. and his wife Tracy; grandchildren, Gabrielle and Nathaniel; sisters, Ada Stoiber of Massena, NY and Ann of California; and uncountable nephews and nieces.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, Concord & Sharpley Roads, Wilmington. Friends may call at the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 2506 Concord Pike on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 pm. Burial will follow Mass at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Cemetery, Greenville, DE.


JOHN GLENN III

 

 

 

John Glenn III, 60, of Stroudsburg, PA went to be with the Lord suddenly on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, at St. Clare's Hospital in Dover, NJ.

John was the husband of Diane (Turner) Glenn. John and Diane recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on September 15, 2008. John was a devoted husband and father who enjoyed his family, antique cars and spoiling his 2 dogs. Born in Wilmington, DE he was the first son of the late John and Isabella (Saulsbury) Glenn of Wilmington.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Rebecca Ann Glenn and husband, Lynn Powers of Wilmington; son, Dr. John Glenn IV and wife Dr. Jimmie Glenn of Hockessin; son, Timothy James Glenn of Stroudsburg, PA; and 3 sisters, Julie and Isabella Glenn of Wilmington, Josephine Berndt of Chadds Ford, and a brother Willard Glenn of Wilmington.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm on Monday, November 10, 2008 at the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803 with Pastor Jeff Wisot officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:30-1:30 pm. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please help John continue to honor his mother by sending donations to The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, attn: Gift Management Services, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244.

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George Wayne Staib

  George Wayne Staib

 

(December 8, 1948 - November 4, 2008)

George Wayne Staib, 59, of Wilmington, passed away on November 4, 2008. Born in Wilmington, he was the son of Ruth Plowman (nee Magness) and the late John George Staib. Mr. Staib was a veteran of the United States Navy serving his country honorably in Vietnam. He owned and operated D&S Builders, Inc having started with Magness Construction Co.

In addition to his mother he is survived by his step mother: Clara “Butch” Staib; sons: David Wayne and wife Christina and Jason Wade and wife Joanna; grandchildren: Peyton, Logan, Jackson, Benjamin and Emma; siblings: Carolyn, Margaret, Theresa, Patrick and Daniel and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother: John Gray.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at 10:30 on Saturday, November 8, 2008 at Beeson Funeral Home of Newark, 2053 Pulaski Hwy, (Fox Run) Newark DE. Eulogies will follow at 11:00. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to: VA Volunteer Svcs. Fund, 1601 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington DE 19805.

Online condolences may be made at: www.griecofuneralhomes.com Beeson Funeral Home of Newark “A Grieco Family Funeral Home”

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George Wayne Staib
(December 8, 1948 - November 4, 2008)

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Kevin Donohue
Ellicott City, MD
November 9, 2008 4:00 PM
The Brandywine High School Class of 1967 wishes to send our sincere condolences to the family of our friend and classmate; Wayne Staib. We were lucky to have Wayne as one of our 'mates and remembering him brings many a smile to our saddened faces. We also wish to honor Wayne's service to our country in the Viet Nam conflict. He will be missed.


Dean Founds Sr
Wilmington, DE
November 7, 2008 3:07 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with you all for the loss of Wayne. Although it's hard not to cry because his life is over, laugh and find comfort with the memories because it happened. God bless you all.


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La'Shon F Rivera
Wilmington, De
November 7, 2008 11:05 AM
To The Staib Family You have my deepest sympathy,Wayne will be missed.It was a honor to care for him but it was a pleasure to know him, words can not say how special Wayne was.Jason and David your dad was a great man. You will always be in my prayers.


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Clarita Evers
Parkland, Flordida
November 7, 2008 8:40 AM
I wish I could be there honoring Wayne's life and family. He will be in my heart and memories Always. My Love and Respect to all his family. Clarita Evers and Children Cristiine, Alejandro and Denisse De Laire


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Karen Rockhill
Pennsville, NJ
November 6, 2008 5:39 PM
My deepest, heartfelt sympathy to Jason and David and the family of Wayne. It was my honor to be Wayne's nurse, his friend and confidant, and most recently, his "beloved one". I am missing this wonderful man more than words can say.


Mike Solomon

     Mike's photo from the Dunning Memory Book from the 40th Reunion, Oct '07.

“Every day I drop off my son at BHS I am reminded of my time their and of the good and bad experiences we as teenagers experienced.  I would not change a thing and happy to have been a member of the class of 67.”  In Mike’s own words on the Class of ’67 website.

It is with a heavy heart I convey the news of the death of a Class of ’67 member; Mike Solomon.  Mike passed May 24th, 2008.  Mike, thankfully, attended the 40th last Oct. he even gave me a musical CD of songs of the era. (I can make it available to you if interested). Mike was buried in the Jewish Community (Lombardy) Cemetery on Foulk Rd (near the access road to 202) and as a Vietnam Viet received full military honors.

I’m reminded of the Tom Joad line from The Grapes of Wrath; “Well, maybe it's like Casy says. A fella ain't got a soul of his own, just a little piece of a big soul - the one big soul that belongs to ever'body”. Mike belonged to the collective soul of the Class of 1967. He will be missed. (I've posted a section on the Message Board for anyone to leave their comments/memories about Mike). 

Respectfully, Kevin Donohue

BHS Class of ‘67


Richard Sentman (In his own words before his 3/01 death)

The following September after graduation I entered the U.S. Navy. The first 18 months I spent at various navy training schools and last 26 months aboard the USS John S McCain DDG-36 as a electrician mate. During this period our ship made 2 tours to Viet Nam. After leaving the Navy I attend and graduated from

Bluefield State College where I majored in  Electrical Engineering  Technology. It was during this time that I met my wife Brenda. Our son Kevin was born in 1973. We would remain happily married until her sudden death in December 1997. Her death left a big void in my life and with the help of god , my son , his wife and family I was able to cope with my loss and move on with my life. Most of the 70’s and 80’s was spent working and running from one school, church and sports activity to the next activity. Like most dads I ended up being a baseball , soccer coach and scout leader.

In this age with so many companies up sizing and down sizing and everything in between I have been able to stay employed with one company. My career with the Tennessee Valley Authority has given me vast experience in nuclear plant construction and plant operation . I have been involved in the electrical design of three nuclear plants the last 26 years and I am currently at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant. My current position is Senior Electrical Design Engineer.

This past year my son and I opened a sports memorabilia  store called Card and Collectible Kingdom at the Colonial Mall in Decatur, Alabama. When I retire from TVA next year I will join my son Kevin in the day to day operation of the store.

Richard Edwin Sentman
53, engineer

Funeral for Richard Edwin Sentman, 53, of Decatur will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Roselawn Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Ken Dunivant officiating.

Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday at the funeral home an hour before the funeral.

Mr. Sentman died Friday, March 23, 2001, at Decatur General Hospital. He was born Dec. 18, 1947, in Wilmington, Del. He was an engineer for Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was the widower of Brenda Sentman and the son of Harvey R. Sentman.

Survivors include one son, Kevin Ray Sentman of Decatur; his mother, Ruby L. Sentman of Decatur; and three sisters, Carol Loop of Dayton, Ohio, Jerry Clark of Wilmington and Dortha Witt of Bluefield, W.Va.

Pallbearers will be David Loop, Richard Clark, Brian Loop, Jeff Rusk, John Clark and Edward Clark.

Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation.

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Harold SCHIFF

Hal Schiff, Founder of Brandywine Blazers has passed on.

Harold L. Schiff, age 72, died of complications of Alzheimer's Disease on September 14, 1999. He was a WWII veteran and was a professional musician. Hal was a music educator in the Brandywine School District from 1960 to his retirement in 1985 as supervisor of music. Hal was the founder of the Brandywine Blazers and the Concord Creators and brought them to the fame they still have today. He also formed the American Youth Jazz Band which consisted of high school students from all over the United States, which toured Europe every year. Hal will always be remembered as the major contributor to music education not only in the Wilmington area, but throughout the United States. Many of his students are now professional musicians and educators.

Hal is survived by his wife Lois; sons, David and Donald; daughters-in-law, Bridget and Cynthia; 5 grandchildren, Michael, Brian, Allen, Bridget and Aaron; and 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

Memorial Services will be Thursday afternoon, September 16, 1999 at 4 pm at the MCCRERY MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 3924 Concord Pike, Talleyville, (S. of Silverside Rd.), where friends may call after 3 pm. Interment will be private.
[published 09/15/1999]


L. Martin Gravely, Jr.


    Age 73, died on Saturday, August 14, 2004 from complications of Parkinson's disease. He lived in Hockessin and died in Oregon following a family vacation.
    A Spanish teacher for 30 years at Brandywine High School, he is survived by his wife, Barbara of 40 years; his daughter, Meg G. Keen of Newark; son-in-law Bryan W. Keen, and grandsons, Peyton, Bradley and Matthew Keen; his son, Robert M. Gravely; daughter-in-law, Polly Forster of Portland, OR, and his brother, Bernard P. Gravely of Richmond, VA. A second brother, Ford Gravely, died earlier this year.
    Born in Danville, VA, he was the son of the late L. Martin and Elizabeth F. Gravely. He was a graduate of George Washington High School in Danville and received degrees from Lynchburg College and the University of VA. His career began at Halifax County High School in South Boston, VA, where he taught for 6 years before coming to Brandywine High School, where he retired in 1991. He was active in the athletic programs at both schools and served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
     Mr. Gravely was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Delaware Retired Teachers Association, and had a long involvement with Ulster Project DE.
    A memorial service will be held at 4 pm on Saturday, August 21, 2004 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania Ave. and Rodney St., Wilmington.
    Contributions in his memory may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Attn: Linda Williams, Grand Central Station, PO Box 4777, New York, NY 10164-3772.
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[published 08/18/2004]


RICHARD GUMPERT

Richard T. Gumpert, Sr.

Age 81 of Elkton, MD passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2005, at Union Hospital.

Mr. Gumpert was a teacher with the Brandywine School District for 25 years before his retirement in 1987. He also taught at Drexel University. A graduate of La Salle College, Mr. Gumpert served his country during World War II in the Merchant Marines.

His wife, Ruth Gumpert, predeceased him in 2001. Mr. Gumpert is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Richard, Jr. and Patricia Gumpert of Elkton, MD; his daughter, Roberta Gumpert of Elkton, MD; and 2 grandchildren, Richard, III and Clair Gumpert.

Funeral services will be private.

The family suggests contributions in Mr.Gumpert's name to the Bayside Community Network, Inc., 1290 W. Pulaski Highway, PO Box 9, Elkton, MD 21922-0009. www.mealeyfuneralhomes.com

302-652-5913
[published 03/08/2005]


Jody Barker

Jody Barker died in 1984 in Naperville, Ill at the age of 35. She was married to Arthur F. "Bridy" Brindenstine the 2nd whose mother was Charlotte Eckerd Bridenstine, daughter of J. Milton Eckerd, founder of the Eckerd Drug store chain. The cause of death was liver failure, but the obit said donations should be made to the American Cancer Society, which sounds like she might have had cancer. It looks like they didn't have any children.


Tom Mees

 

Thomas Mees, a 1967 graduate of Brandywine High School whose media career covered basketball, hockey and football, was a member of the school's Broadcast Club and served as a baseball team manager. Tom worked for WSER radio in Elkton , MD 1970-71. A 1972 graduate of the University of Delaware , he helped start and run the first student-run radio station where he provided play-by-play for Blue Hen football and basketball games. Tom spent six years as Sports Director of WILM AM and hosted a weekly sports talk show. In 1979-80 became Sports Director of WFCA-TV in Tallahassee , Florida , providing play-by-play at ESPN's inception in 1979. Chris Berman joined him one month later. Tom served as anchor of ESPN's Sports Center 1979-1993, often mentioning U of D football and basketball scores. He announced college football and basketball games including the 1992 North Atlantic League championship game in which the U of D qualified for their first ever NCAA tournament bid. Tom became ESPN's lead NHL announcer in 1993. Tom was emcee for several Blue Hen Hoop Club banquets. His favorite interview was Julius (Dr. J) Erving, NBA star. Tom died in a 1996 drowning accident. Tubby Raymond commented "I am shocked and saddened. Tom was a fine young man and I admired his professionalism as he progressed through the stages of his career. He was extremely dedicated to the University of Delaware , carrying our banner wherever he went."

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ESPN's Mees dies saving daughter from drowning

By The Associated Press
SOUTHINGTON, Conn. -- Tom Mees, one of ESPN's original sports anchors, drowned yesterday rescuing his 4-year-old daughter from a neighbor's pool. He was 46.
Mees jumped in the pool to save his daughter, Gabrielle, after she fell into the deep end, said Lt. James Tortora, a police spokesman. His other daughter, Lauren, 8, ran home to get her mother.
They returned to find Mees at the bottom of the pool and Gabrielle safely out of the water, Tortora said.
Mees' wife, Michelle, then began screaming for help. A lawn maintenance man pulled Mees from the water. Meed had no pulse or respiration when he was brought to a nearby hospital at 2:50 p.m. and efforts to revive him failed.
Mees was the anchor of ESPN's 'SportsCenter' from the network's inception in 1979 until 1993.
Since then, he worked as the play-by-play NHL commentator on sister network ESPN2, calling two games a week.
In a tribute to Mees, ESPN anchor Keith Olberman said: "Nothing and no one here will ever be the same without him."


ANDREW LIKOVICH        Mr. Likovich at the Oct. 2002 Class of '67 Teacher's reception at the BHS media center.

Andrew B. Likovich

Age 87, died peacefully in Wilmington Hospital on September 17, 2006.

He was born in Cassandra, PA and served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, retiring as a CPO in 1958. He earned a BS from Millersville University and an MA from University of Delaware. He taught math at Brandywine HS for 24 years. He was a member of the Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, the VFW (Post 5447), the FRA (Branch 309), the DE Retired School Personnel Association.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Mary (Brence); his daughter, Andrea Likovich, OSF of Aston, PA; his son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Susan Likovich of Salisbury, MD; 5 grandchildren, Matthew, Holly, Kathleen, Molly, and Andrew; his sister, Helen Matlin of Lenox, OH.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 12 noon, at Holy Rosary Church, 3200 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE. Visitation will be Wednesday evening 7-9 pm at the Gebhart Funeral Home, 3401 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE. Burial will be in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Franciscan Ministries Foundation, 609 South Convent Rd., Aston, PA 19014.

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[published 09/19/2006]


Eva M. Denlinger, 79, formerly of Broomall, Pa, died Sunday, July 15, 2007 at Landis Homes in Lititz. Born in Paradise Twp., she was the daughter of the late Walter S. and Nora Armer Denlinger.

A graduate of the former Paradise High School, Eva earned her Bachelors Degree in Education from West Chester University and her Masters in Education from the University of Delaware. Eva was a teacher, coach, guidance counselor, and administrator in the Brandywine School District in Delaware. Her lifelong dedication to the education of young people was a source of inspiration and encouragement to many. She was a fifty year member of Leacock Presbyterian Church, Paradise.

Eva is survived by her brother Robert C., husband of Betty Shirk Denlinger of Paradise; her sister Charlotte E., wife of Robert Summers of Narvon; 16 nieces and nephews; and her close friend, Elaine Patton, of Broomall, Pa. Her brothers Clair W. and Thomas A. Denlinger, and a niece and nephew preceded Eva in death. Private Committal Service.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 25, 2007, at Leacock Presbyterian Church, 3181 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, Pa 17562. The family will greet friends immediately following the memorial service. Private interment in Paradise Presbyterian Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Honor of the life of Eva M. Denlinger are suggested to offer support and thanksgiving for the work of the Hospice of Lancaster County and the National Alzheimer's Association. Donations should be sent to: "Hospice of Lancaster County" (Designated for "Coping Kids"), P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, Pa 17604-4125; or sent to the "Alzheimer's Association", 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, Ill. 60601-7633

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Classmate and all around great guy, John C. Schwind III has passed (2.12.08) after a long bout with cancer.

John C. Schwind III
(Died February 12, 2008)

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 Retired Wilmington Police Officer

Mr. John C. Schwind III, age 58, of Wilmington, DE, died on Tuesday, February 12, 2008, at his home surrounded by his beloved family. Born in Wilmington on March 31, 1949, Mr. Schwind was a 1967 graduate of Brandywine High School and also attended Brandywine College. He proudly served his country in the Delaware Army National Guard and his community as a respected 20-year veteran of the Wilmington Police Department. Following his retirement as a police sergeant in 1989, Mr. Schwind accepted a position in executive security with the Hercules Corporation, where he was employed for 13 years. He later worked in security for Wilmington Trust for 5 years. Among his professional affiliations, he was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Delaware Association of Police. Mr. Schwind loved the Lord and was a longtime member of Brandywine Valley Baptist Church. A gifted athlete from his youth, he greatly enjoyed playing baseball throughout his life—excelling as a pitcher—as well as playing golf. He is survived by his beloved wife of 26 years, Linda Brooks Schwind; 2 daughters, Lindsay S. Sanderson and her husband, Robert; and Jenna S. Vincent and her husband, Christopher; his mother, Eleanor Egnor Schwind; and his sister, Charlotte S. Bickling, all of Wilmington, DE. He was preceded in death by his father, John C. Schwind, Jr. Friends may call after 6 PM on Friday, February 15, 2008, at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church, 7 Mt. Lebanon Road, Wilmington, DE, 19803. A funeral service with police honors will be held at 9:30 AM on Saturday, February 16, 2008, at the church. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in memory of Mr. Schwind to Brandywine Valley Baptist Church at the above address.

(Pls note; A special "baseball flower arrangement" on behalf of the Class of '67 was sent to the Schwind family by committee member Pat Walker Fox). The following note was sent me recently by John's wife:

"Dear Kevin,

 I am sorry to be so long contacting you, but want to let you know how much everything you and the Class of '67 did for John meant to us both.  We were looking forward to the reunion and John was very disappointed when he was not able to attend.  He loved the packet you sent from the reunion - he was really touched that you would go out of your way to do that.

 Over the last couple of years, he enjoyed keeping in touch by email with several of his classmates.  He would have loved the large basket that the Class sent to his funeral.  The beautiful blue & white mums and the ever-so-cute Bulldog!!  Very cleaver!!!

 I hope you will pass this on to all involved - we received so many nice notes from classmates all over the country expressing sympathy and telling stories about John.  Thanks to all for the support and thoughtfulness!!

 Sincerely,

Linda Schwind

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