Stephen M. Janosik Jr.
Stephen M. Janosik Jr., 78, of Rehoboth Beach, passed away on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, due to complications from a fall. His husband, Richard R. Snell, whom he married July 11, 2013, was at his side.
Steve was born in New York City, New York, June 22, 1943, to the late Stephen M. Janosik Sr., and Helen (Esposito) Janosik. He attended Rice Catholic High School in New York City and was employed for 17 years with Davis Polk & Wardwell as a data processing manager.
After moving to New Jersey, Steve became a very successful realtor, working as a broker associate with REMAX of Princeton, New Jersey. Steve moved to Rehoboth Beach upon retiring from New Jersey and joined Joe Maggie Realty as a Broker Associate part-time.
Steve was among the founders of CAMP Rehoboth, where he spent many hours volunteering, especially for Sundance each Labor Day weekend. He was an usher at Saint Edmonds Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach, and a Third Degree with the Knights of Columbus Star of the Sea Council 7297.
In addition to his husband, Richard, Steve leaves behind his sister, Helen Clark, and his brother, Larry Janosik, both of New Jersey; his brother-in-law, David H. (Kitty) Snell of Mt Airy, Maryland; his brother-in-law, Wayne Snell, of Long Island, New York; his sister-in-law, Ginny (Snell) Turner, of Florida; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, a great-nephew, and great-grandnieces. One nephew, JR Janosik, predeceased him.
Donations in Steve’s honor can be made to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Christiana Hospital Hospice. ▼
Michael Benjamin Herman
Michael Benjamin Herman, 80, of Lewes, passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, surrounded by his family. He was born June 25, 1941, in Brooklyn, New York, son of the late William and Rose (Goldstein) Herman.
Michael was a caring and compassionate man who touched the lives of many people. He will be lovingly missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his parents, Michael was preceded in death by his brother, Melvin Herman, his sister, Hannah Band, and his former wife, Ellen Joy Sandler. Michael is survived by his husband, Charles Baker, of Lewes; his children: Jill (Steven) Infanti, and Nowell (Heidi) Herman; his grandchildren: William (Candace) Herman, Nicholas Mazonis, Roc Herman, and Ashley Herman; and his great-granddaughters, Hayley and Emma Herman.
A private funeral service was held on Wednesday, February 2, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. ▼
Charles Wayne Williamson
Charles Wayne Williamson (Wayne), 83, of Rehoboth Beach, devoted husband of R. Stephen White for the past 39 years, died Monday, January 24, 2022, after a long illness.
Wayne was born in Wilmington, the son of Anna Belle Garton Williamson and John Meridith Williamson. He attended Henry C. Conrad High School and spent most of his professional life in the real estate business in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, ultimately retiring from First State Appraisals, a business he co-owned.
Wayne was predeceased by his parents. In addition to his husband and extended family, he is survived by his four children, Brian K. (Catherine) Williamson and Robert K. Williamson of Wilmington, Michele K. Williamson of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and Patrick K. (Lisa) Williamson of Harrington; seven grandchildren; his sister, Cindy G. (George) Jackson of Wilmington; his brother, Franklin M. (Mary) Williamson of Bear; and seven nephews.
Wayne loved spending time with Steve and their many friends in the Rehoboth Beach community and he enjoyed painting, partying, dancing, and other creative pursuits.
Burial will be private. To leave online condolences, visit lyonsfs.com. ▼
Michael J. Thawley
Michael J. Thawley, 69, of Rehoboth Beach, passed away Thursday, January 20, 2022, after an extended illness. He was born February 22, 1952, in Easton, Maryland, the son of the late John E. and Doris L. (Trice) Thawley.
Michael spent his childhood in the town of Federalsburg, Maryland. After graduating high school, he moved to Ocean City, Maryland, to establish himself in the hospitality industry, gaining experience in Ocean City restaurants. He lived briefly in Washington, DC, then decided to call Rehoboth Beach his home.
He had a passion for gourmet food and served as the host/maître d’ at some of Rehoboth’s most popular restaurants: Fran O’Brien’s, La La Land, the Cultured Pearl, and finally Bethany Blues in Lewes, where he had worked since their opening.
Above all, he enjoyed spending time with those he held most dear. He was a loving and devoted partner, uncle, brother, and friend. Mr. Thawley will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Michael is survived by his loving partner and friend of 48 years, Tom Steele, of Rehoboth Beach; his brother, Wayne Thawley (Sandy) of Salisbury, Maryland; and his two nephews, Kevin Thawley and Richard Thawley, and their families.
Final care for Mr. Thawley was entrusted to Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes. Visit Michael’s Life Memorial Webpage and sign his virtual guestbook at parsellfuneralhomes.com. ▼