Silva R. Decker, 75, administrative assistant


Silva R. Decker, an administrative assistant who loved painting china patterns, died of kidney failure Jan. 24 at Kent General Hospital in Dover, Del. The Dover resident was 75.

Silva Rew was born and raised in Baltimore. She graduated from Easton High School. Before she completed a bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Maryland, she married Robert Radke in 1950.

They had one child, Lynn Michele Willey, who lives in Dover. The couple divorced in 1955.

Mrs. Decker worked in the advertising department of The Sun for about six years, said her daughter.

In 1964, she married Harry Decker, and in 1966 the family relocated to Dover, where Mr. Decker worked for General Foods. Mr. Decker died in 1973.

Mrs. Decker worked as a secretary at International Latex Corp., which won a contract during that time to produce spacesuits for the Apollo space program.

By 1975, Mrs. Decker had learned how to paint china patterns. She enjoyed it so much that she opened a shop that sold the china. She also began doing needlework.

Mrs. Decker also worked as an administrative assistant to Delaware state Treasurer Janet Rzewnicki.

She spent the rest of her career as a secretary at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Camden, Del.

Services will be held in April at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include a brother, Elwyn Rew of Baltimore; two sisters, Doris Storesund of Reisterstown and Laverne Harden of Owings Mills; a grandson; and a great-grandson.

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