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David Matarese

Mar 27, 1996 - Nov 28, 2023

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Wilmington, DE

It is with the heaviest of hearts we share that our beloved David passed away peacefully early Tuesday, November 28, 2023. He was the most wonderful son who was loved by everyone lucky enough to know him. David loved his brother and sister beyond, and he adored his nephew like no other. David struggled with addiction over the past few years, and he will be missed every minute of every day. For those of you closest to our family, you know that David tried so many times to beat this disease, but s...Read More

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Diane L. Scioli

Apr 08, 1945 - Feb 29, 2024

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Wilmington, DE

Diane L. Scioli Age 78 of Wilmington Passed away on February 29, 2024. Diane was born and raised in Penns Grove, New Jersey. She was one of ten children born to the late John and Lena (Behringer) Stout. Diane was a proud 1965 graduate of Penns Grove High School. While there she excelled as a baton twirler in the band. She was an avid reader her entire life and was a member of many book clubs through the years. After high school Diane went to work for Lettica Manufacturing but her true calling in life was to be a mother. She was happiest when her family was with her. Diane loved waking up early to see the sun rise and hardly missed a sunset. She was a lover of the shore, especially Wildwood, NJ, where her family made many trips together. Diane was a kind soul, and she always had a nice word to share with those she knew. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Evelyn, Eleanor, Blanche, Doris, and John; her son-in-law, Brian; and her two best friends, Annie Miller and Ginny Steffier Diane was immensely loved and will be missed by her children, Tex, John, Chris, and Tressa; her grandchildren, David (Katie) and Destiny; and her great granddaughter, Olivia Jade. She is also survived by her sisters, Norma, Mildred, and Frances; her 4-legged grandbaby, Mouse; her sisters-in-law, Sherly and Patty; her dear friends, Mary Lee and Debbie Miller; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation for Diane on Thursday, March 14 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home, 1400 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilm., DE 19805. Service and Interment will be held privately.

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Elizabeth S. Dautel

Died : Feb 26, 2024

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Wilmington, DE

Elizabeth S. “Betty” Dautel was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in September 1930 and passed away peacefully with her children at her side on Monday, February 26, 2024 at the age of 93. Betty was the only child of Elizabeth (Wahl) and Harry Schade and graduated from Upper Darby High School in Philadelphia. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Richard W. Dautel, to whom she devoted her life to and has deeply missed since his passing in 2005. She is survived by her children Richard W. Dautel Jr. (Kathy) and Robert Scott Dautel (Sharise). She treasured her three grandchildren Ashley Rossbach (Mike), Connor Dautel & Rachel Dautel, all of whom grew up very close to their “Nana” and loved visiting her beautiful home in Hockessin Delaware. Betty and her husband were a life-long members of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bellefonte where she taught Sunday school for many years. The Dautel family wishes to express our sincere gratitude to the exceptional nurses and staff at Country House for the outstanding and loving care Betty has received over the past twelve years.

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Mary Elizabeth Stewart

Oct 18, 1951 - Feb 18, 2024

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Wilmington, DE

Mary Elizabeth Stewart, born on Thursday, October 18, 1951, in Whiticker, North Carolina, to her loving parents, John Grant and Ruth Clanton Grant, peacefully departed this life on Sunday, February 18, 2024.Mary's journey through life was marked by significant milestones and unwavering dedication. She proudly graduated from PS Dupont High School. After graduation, Mary dedicated 29 years of her life to General Motors before her well-deserved retirement.Her faith was a cornerstone of her life, Mary found profound fulfillment in her spiritual community as she served devotedly at Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Church under the late Bishop Aretha Morton and, more recently, under Pastor Mark Rainey embodying the spirit of service and fellowship. An enthusiastic antique collector, Mary delighted in embarking on long rides in search of treasures this reflected her adventurous spirit and zest for life. Known for her generous spirit, Mary found joy in helping others and had a passion for cooking. She loved to feed people. While she may be gone from our sight, Mary's memory will live on through the countless lives she touched with her kindness, and generosity.Mary's passing is preceded by her parents, John and Ruth Grant, and her siblings, Dorothy Thompson, Barbara Jean Elliott, Katie Frances Grant Pearl Hall, and Joe Grant.Mary leaves behind a cherished legacy, including her children, Develin Lamar Grant, and Katrina Grant Haman (Ronnie), along with grandchildren Jordyn Haman, Daqane Sharmar Grant, Christopher E. Chambers, Develin L Grant Jr., numerous great-grandchildren, and surviving siblings Saul Clanton, John Grant Jr., James Grant Sr., Rosalee Grant, David Grant, Raymond Grant and Joanne Grant-Giles along with a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

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Catharine Gates

Jan 01, 1938 - Feb 25, 2024

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Wilmington, DE

Catharine Gates, age 85 of Wilmington, DE passed away on February 25, 2024 in Wilmington, DE. Born in Washington DC, Catharine resided the past 6 years in Wilmington, previously residing in Woodstown, NJ. A homemaker, Catharine graduated Magna Cum Laude from Glassboro State College in 1989 with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. Catharine was a former member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Woodstown, NJ. She was a fabulous artist who minored in Sculpture. Catharine was known for her loving personality and was much loved by family and friends. In addition to her parents, Elsworth Willard and Catharine Jones Jensen, Catharine is preceded in death by two siblings, Mary Jane Paterson and Conrad Jensen. She is survived by two children, Kelly (Frederick) Elie and Heather Gates, granddaughter, Kristen Marrone, and grandson, Raymond Ryan. Interment will be held in Wisconsin at a later date. Donations in Catharine's memory may be made to Wills Eye Hospital (www.willseye.org). Online condolences may be made by visiting www.paganofuneralhome.com.

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Kenneth A. Farrell

Sep 17, 1939 - Feb 29, 2024

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Wilmington, DE

Kenneth A. Farrell, 84, went onto his final resting place on Thursday, February 29, 2024. Born in Newburgh, New York, he was raised in Linden, New Jersey and had lived in Wilmington for more than 60 years. Ken was a graduate of Linden High School and met his wife, Gloria, while vacationing in Wildwood. Soon thereafter, he moved to Wilmington and they married in 1962. Ken joined the Wilmington Fire Department and dutifully served, achieving the rank of lieutenant in 1978 and retiring in 1987 after 25 years. Many of those years of service were spent at Ladder 6, A Platoon. Ken also proudly served in both the New Jersey and Delaware National Guards early in his career. He also supported his family by working in appliance repair, HVAC maintenance, property management and security services. Ken was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish. In his younger years, he was an avid outdoorsman, having enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also a sports enthusiast, rooting for all the local teams. Ken especially enjoyed yearly vacations with his extended family down the shore at Wildwood. In later years, a trip to Atlantic City or Delaware Park would always improve his day. His wife of 59 years, Gloria (Zambanini) Farrell, passed away on May 17, 2022; his son, Kenny Farrell, passed away on January 29, 2020. Ken is survived by his sons, Tom and wife, Michelle, Vinnie and wife, Melissa; his grandchildren, Chris, Alison, Emma Sarrett (Michael), Melanie, Angela, Michael, Dylan and Nora; and his sister, Evelyn Feehan. Ken is predeceased by his brothers, Louis “Louie” Farrell and Richard “Dickie” Farrell; and his sister, Nancy Jesberger. Gloria’s family lovingly welcomed Ken and he became very close with his in-laws, Joanne Donahue (Romie, deceased), Carol Chickadel (Sam) and Chookie Hurley (Dick) along with their children and grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to visit at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek on Friday, March 8 from 9:30 – 11:00AM. A Catholic funeral service will begin at 11:00AM, immediately followed by entombment in Cathedral Cemetery. In honor of the school where Ken and Gloria sent their three sons and where two grandchildren attended, donations in memory of Ken may be made to St. Anthony of Padua Grade School by mail at 1715 W. 9th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805 or electronically at https://www.osvhub.com/sapde/giving/funds/grade-school

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Florence G. Giafski

May 04, 1931 - Feb 27, 2024

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Wilmington, DE

Florence G. Giafski Age 92 of Wilmington, Delaware Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Florence was born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania and raised in Hobbie, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of the late Kazimerz and Stella (Dembowski) Chrzanowski. In 1950, Florence married Stanley Giafski. Together they moved to Wilmington to begin their life sharing almost 50 years raising their family with love. She was a longtime member of St. Elizabeth Church and volunteered in many capacities in her younger years. In her free time, she loved reading, doing crossword puzzles, and she enjoyed reading the newspaper, taking pride in keeping up with current events. Most of all Florence loved her family. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who would do anything for her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley in 1998; by her sisters, Katherine Miliszauskas, Regina Mylet, Theresa Strzelecki and brother, John Chanoski. Florence will be dearly missed by her daughters, Janet McVey (Terry) and Sandra Beall (John); her grandchildren, Kevin McVey, Erin Bennett (Brian), Shannon Beall; her great-granddaughter, Lizzy; and many nieces and nephews. A viewing will be held for family at Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home, 1400 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilm., DE 19805, on Monday March 4 from 9:00 -10:00 am. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 am at St. Elizabeth Church, 809 S. Broom St., Wilm., DE 19805. Interment at Cathedral Cemetery will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks contributions to be made in Florence’s name to the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children, https://www.beaubidenfoundation.org/.

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Johan Gael Sanchez Pintado

Died : Feb 25, 2024

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Wilmington, DE

Johan Gael Sanchez Pintado, 6 months, passed away Sunday. February 25, 2024 at Nemours Children's Hospital in Wilmington, DE. Calling hours will be held from 6pm to 8pm Friday, March 1, 2024 at the Barlow & Zimmer Funeral Home, Hightstown.

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Marilyn J. Gano

Jan 01, 1929 - Feb 23, 2024

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Wilmington, DE

Marilyn J. Gano, age 94, of Wilmington, DE, passed peacefully on Friday, February 23, 2024, at her home with her youngest son, John, by her side. Born in Chicago in 1929 to Clarence and Dorothy Walseth, they soon moved to Richmond, VA, where she was raised. Marilyn (Lyn) graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1949. She attended Mary Baldwin College in Stanton, Virginia where she earned a B. A. in Sociology in 1953. She married Robert (Bob) D. Gano in Richmond VA in 1953 in their home church. They moved to Wilmington in 1954 where Bob worked for Dupont Chemical Company and moved into a post-World War II suburban ranch home and raised 4 boys. They were active in their church Calvary Episcopal where Bob had been attending, and the community, and their boys’ schools. Lyn and Bob were members of Calvary Hillcrest where they faithfully served for many years. She held most every job there including church secretary and office manager but most enjoyed placing flowers on the altar. She was always known as a kind and thoughtful person who would do any job needed. After her boys left home, she had several jobs beginning with Dr. Harry Repman where she was an office manager and later working as a school librarian at Mount Pleasant Junior High School. She was adventurous and went many places before and after Bob retired. They loved cruises on smaller ships exploring the waterways of the St. Lawrence River, Alaska, Netherlands, Cabo San Lucas, and many other places. The family camped all over the country and she would cheerily share long rides with car full of loud boys. She was fond of saying – “if you’re going somewhere, my answer is YES”. Lyn will be remembered for her beautiful smile, her loving nature, and willingness to help anyone in need. We believe she’s dancing with her family in her spiritual body right now. She is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Dorothy Walseth, her husband of over 50 years Robert Gano, Sr., and her son Richard Gano. She is survived by her sons, Robert Jr., (Donella), James (Mary Ann), John Gano, and her daughter-in-law Elizabeth, as well as 11 grandchildren, Dr. Daniel (Jessie) Gano, Dr. Kari (Darren) Winfrey, Michael Gano, Natalie Gano, Grant Gano, Matthew Gibson, Patrick (Sarah) Gano, Alanna (Shane) Martin, Eric (Magen) Gano, Lily (Joshua) Scruggs, and Olivia Gano, and 10 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Sunday March 10, 2024, 3 pm at Calvary-Hillcrest Episcopal Church, 304 Lore Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19809. Donations to Calvary Episcopal in her name will be especially appreciated.

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Karen Grace Goodwin

Jan 01, 1952 - Feb 23, 2024

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Wilmington, DE

Karen Grace (Olsen) Goodwin succumbed to her decade long battle with cancer, passing on February 23, 2024, while in the comfort of Delaware Hospice. Karen was the only child of Norman and Mary Olsen. She is survived by her husband, Kevin, of 35 years, and several cousins. Karen grew up in Rahway, NJ where she graduated from high school in 1970. She went on to attend and earn a BS in Speech Pathology from Kean University in NJ in 1974; returning later to earn a MS in the same field in 1981. Between degrees, she taught at the Bergen Center, a school for children with special needs. From there she held different jobs, twice working as an insurance specialist for doctors she was seeing for vision or allergies. She decided to become a full-time homemaker in 1989. Karen spent several summers working at the Silver Bay YMCA Conference Center in upstate New York. At 9:00pm on July 4 in the summer of 1974, she first met the man she would marry – 14 years later. As he tells the story, they met because OPEC would not sell the USA oil after supporting Israel in the Yum Kippur war. She preferred to mention the fact she still had every letter that Kevin ever wrote to her; none from any other beau. Karen enjoyed her dedicated involvement with both Walk to Emmaus, where she had the pleasure of serving as a Lay Director for a Women’s weekend and Marriage Encounter, where they were the regional Finance couple for years. When her husband got involved with national parts of the United Methodist church, she became his important helping hand. Karen was a life-long Methodist and was a member of the Hockessin United Methodist Church since getting married and joining Kevin in Delaware, where he was employed by DuPont. Karen’s Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00am on March 14, 2024 at the Hockessin United Methodist Church, 7250 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Goodwin Family Scholarship Fund at Africa University, part of the United Methodist Church is requested. Gifts can be sent to the Africa University Development Office PO Box 340007 Nashville, TN 37203-0007.

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Patricia Hannigan

Jun 01, 1949 - Feb 11, 2024

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Wilmington, DE

Patricia (Pat) Hannigan, of Wilmington Delaware, passed away peacefully on the morning of February 11, 2024 in Wilmington, Delaware. She was 74. Born in Col?n, Panama in 1949, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Hannigan and Agnes (McDade) Hannigan. She was raised in the Canal Zone and was ever after a “Zonian” at heart. In high school she was on the water ballet team and developed a lifelong love of the water. So much so that later in life she took up scuba diving and after her air pressure outlasted that of the instructor on her check out dive he only half-jokingly checked her for gills. She moved to the U.S. to attend the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she mistook her first sight of snow for ash from a fire somewhere nearby. In her typical “I am not shrinking from anything” fashion, the young woman who had never before owned a sweater immediately signed up for skiing lessons. She earned a B.A. degree in Musical Theatre from the University of Massachusetts and went on the earn M.A.’s in Sociology from the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania. Just before submitting her Ph.D. dissertation to the University of Pennsylvania, she left for a more practical calling and earned her Juris Doctor from Rutgers University Law School. Her professional career began as a Public Defender in Delaware, the rough and tumble of which suited her well. After a brief stint in private practice that suited her less well, she became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, a position she held for 29 years and a job she truly loved. She was elected as President of the Delaware Bar Association for 2002-2003. An outstanding trial attorney, she used her theatric background to good effect; rumor has it that she took reading glasses she didn’t need to the podium so that at appropriate moments she could either look over them skeptically or remove them with a sweep that said “Really?” without saying a word. She also was an outstanding vocalist – a mezzo soprano who loved Italian lyric opera and had a power packed voice. Her highlight role was singing Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme. She toyed with becoming a professional but said of her talent that she was as an A- soprano when anything other than A+ meant more waiting on tables than arias at the Met. But she sang as an amateur at a very high level. She was a member of choruses on stage under the baton of Ricardo Mutti with the Philadelphia Orchestra and performed at the Academy of Music and Carnegie Hall. She loved best her starring roles in hysterical musical spoofs that were put on by members of the Delaware State Bar Association through Lex Lyrica. Pat was fiercely direct and independent. She craved travel, adventure, and spontaneity throughout her life, and encouraged by example the same in those around her. She went rock climbing in Yosemite, rode a substantial motorcycle to work, was in Johannesburg the day after Mandela was inaugurated President of South Africa while on her way to a safari in Kenya, and sailed and scuba dived around the BVI, as a small sampling. The highlight of every year for Pat was a reunion in Maine with her sprawling family, a time replete with much water skiing, precarious parasailing, and general revelry, all engaged in with a hope that no one actually got seriously hurt and boats on the bottom the lake would be rare. Beneath this elan and bravado, Pat also had a deep seriousness, with a keen eye for an intolerance of injustices, and a palpable compassion for those facing the struggles of life that are so unequally bestowed across us. She was a Quaker, a member of Wilmington Monthly Meeting, where weekly she sat in contemplation, gifted by the silent communion with others and the occasional heartfelt messages of wisdom or anguish to ponder. She held all in the light, a resounding presence in her throughout her life. Pat was predeceased by her brother Joe Hannigan, and her sisters Mary Anne Modoono and Alice O’Regan. Pat is survived by her two beloved daughters, Lan and Zia, her sister Diane Moran, and the many members of the Hannigan clan who loved her dearly. A celebration of her life will be held at the Wilmington Friends Meeting House in Delaware on May 11, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. [Please Note: Black attire is not expected, unless you look fabulous in it.]

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