OK, we figured it out - dunno how to fix it --- but here's what happens:
The direction the list goes after you hit delete is based on the direction you were browsing before hitting delete. So, if you are scrolling DOWN in your list, and hit delete, it will advance DOWN.
On the contrary, if you are scrolling UP through the list, and hit delete, it advances UP.
Not sure if there is a setting for this or not --- it's fairly intuitive now that I see what's happening.