FELTON, Del. - Francis von Essen, of Felton, DE, formerly of Long Island, NY, passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2013. She was 84 years old. Francis was born on May 3, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Matthew and Myra Chard Ryder. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband, Stanley W. von Essen, Sr., in 2005, and a brother, Donald Ryder. She and her husband relocated to Delaware in 1968. She was a homemaker, raising 3 children of her own and taking care of her family, but she was also the proud foster mother to 40 boys and 1 girl. Two of which were very special and remained in her life, Walter Alberts and wife Paula of Clayton, DE, and Robert Longfellow and his wife, Jo Ann of Smyrna. She was a member of the South Side Baptist Church in Camden, DE. She also belonged to the Doll House Club. She loved helping her husband on the vegetable farm and also canning. She enjoyed painting lighthouse scenery in oil and acrylic paint.
She is also survived by her children, Stanley von Essen, Jr. and his wife Linda of Felton, DE, Ruth Marshall and her husband John of Millsboro, DE, and Joseph Triola of Florida, sisters, Gloria Beavers and Elizabeth Maschi, seven grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends including her special lady friends from the Southside Baptist Church.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, February
15, 2013 at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, DE,
19966, where friends may call after 11:00 AM.
Burial will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery,
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Gideons
International, PO Box 140800
Nashville, TN 37214-0800.
Letters of condolence may be emailed via Watson Funeral Home's website.