Kathleen Humbert Wilbur
July 6, 1925 – October 4, 2015
Kathleen Humbert Wilbur, age 90, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 4, 2015.
Born in Hanover, PA on July 6, 1925, Kathleen was a daughter of the late David Humbert and Hilda (Troxell) Humbert. She was a graduate of both Eichelberger High School and the Hahnemann Hospital School of Nursing. During WWII, Kathleen proudly served her country as a member of the U.S. Navy Waves. She dedicated her life to caring for others as a registered nurse and worked for both the Veterans Affairs Hospital and later, the Delaware State Hospital.
Active in her community, Kathleen served as a member of the former De LaWar School District, would later serve an 8 year term as president of the Colonial School District and was a charter member of the Colonial Education Foundation. After her tenure with the district, she was bestowed the honor of having the former Wrangle Hill Elementary School renamed the Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary School to recognize her years of service to the staff and students there. Kathleen was an active participant in numerous community organizations and boards on local, state and national levels, including the DIAA, as a past representative of the National School Board Association, and the National Democratic Committee. She was a longtime member of the New Castle United Methodist Church in New Castle.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Ruth Leister and Naomi Karterman. Kathleen is survived by her husband of 62 years, Harold D. Wilbur; sons, Peter D. Wilbur (Veronica) of Kemblesville, PA and Michael D. Wilbur (Deborah) of Bear, DE; brother, David Humbert, Jr. of Hanover, PA; and 4 grandchildren.
Family and friends may call from 5 pm until 7 pm on Sunday evening, October 11, 2015 and again from 10 am until 11 am Monday morning, October 12, 2015 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will follow at 11 am on Monday morning. Interment will be held privately in Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, DE.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kathleen’s memory may be made to the New Castle United Methodist Church, 510 Delaware St., New Castle, DE 19720, or to Heartland Hospice, 256 Chapman Rd., Ste. 102, Newark, DE 19702 or to a favorite charity.