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Betty Barnes Kneeland, Dover, Delaware, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2002 at her home after a very courageous battle with cancer. She was born June 12, 1929 in Starrucca, PA, the daughter of the late Chester and Helen (Stephens) Barnes. She moved to Delaware with her husband, Paul and had lived there for 51 years.

Betty graduated from the three-year high school in Starrucca, in 1945 and from the fourth-year high in Preston School, Lakewood, PA, in 1946. Betty went on to further her education at West Chester University, West Chester, PA, where she graduated in 1950. After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, she became a very well loved English/Literature teacher in the Caesar Rodney School District where she taught for 26 years before retiring in 1986.

She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Dover for many years, as well as Maple Dale Country Club. Betty enjoyed gardening, painting and their cottage at the beach.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul S. Kneeland, in 2000; a brother, Stephen Barnes, in 1986.

Betty is survived by two daughters, Jana Kneeland Rezac and husband Edward, Sterling, VA, Marcia Kneeland Blechman and husband Steven, Wilmington, DE; a sister, Dorothy Barnes Boughner, Trevorton, PA; four grandchildren, Morgan and Allyson Rezac, Joshua and Gregory Blechman; several nieces and nephews; one sister-in-law, Patricia (Welch) Barnes, Susquehanna.

Funeral services were held Thursday, August 22, at the Wesley United Methodist Church, Dover, DE. Interment was Saturday, August 24, at Starrucca Cemetery, Starrucca.

The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reeds Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720; or to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, Georgetown Professional Park, 600 Dupont Highway, Suite 107, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Arrangements were made by the Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover, DE.

Letters of condolence may be sent to:


Marjorie Gawron, 84, Susquehanna, passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2002, at Barnes-Kasson Skilled Nursing Facility, Susquehanna.

She was predeceased by her husband, Alex Gawron; daughters, Susan Vontz and Jenna Louise Gawron.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, John D. and Connie Gawron, Susquehanna, Joseph A. and Mary Gawron, Kansas City, MO; two daughters and sons-in-law, Alexis A. and Donald Martin, Overland Park, KS, Janet M. and Jeffrey Loomis, Montrose; a sister-in-law, Anna Zulawski, Buffalo, NY; niece, Mary Ann Zulawski; ten grandchildren.

Marjorie was a longtime member of St. John’s Church, Susquehanna, an avid card player, and enjoyed all her family and many friends acquired throughout her long and joyous lifetime.

Funeral services were held from Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, and from St. John’s Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered by the Rev. Charles Connor. Interment, St. John’s Cemetery, Susquehanna.

Please consider contributions in her memory to Barnes-Kasson Hospital, Skilled Nursing Facility, 400 Turnpike St., Susquehanna, PA 18847.

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