Dec 15, 1958 - Nov 11, 2023
Georgeann R. Grau
Jan 01, 1943 - Feb 28, 2024
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our dear mother, Georgeann R. Grau, who was 81 years old. She peacefully passed away on February 28, 2024, in Wilmington, DE. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania as a Registered Nurse in 1963 and then devoted herself to caring for her family as a loving stay-at-home mom. She generously volunteered her time at various organizations, including the Delaware County Pregnancy Center and the Kempton Camp Music Festival. In her free time, she loved playing the piano and organ at different church ministries. Georgeann enjoyed spending her winters in Florida at the Holiday Travel Resort in Leesburg, FL. She had a passion for music and was a former member of Concord Baptist Church, Marcus Hook Baptist Church, and other local churches. Georgeann was preceded in death by her loving husband, Frederick E. Grau Jr. in 2007, as well as her daughter, Georgeann "Gigi" (survived by her husband Ron) Frank in 2017. She is survived by her children, Frederick (Carol) Grau III, Tim Grau, and Deborah (Craig) Dutton, as well as her brothers, Robert (Carol) Robinson, and David (Barbara) Robinson. Georgeann leaves behind a legacy of love and kindness in her grandchildren, Catherine, Raelyn, Ronnie, Liam, Avery, TJ, Ethan (Maddy), Madi (Sam), Luke, and Brody, as well as her great-grandchildren, Audrey and Bennett. The family will have a private funeral service. All are invited to a reception of light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres as we celebrate the life of our mom on Saturday, March 9th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with a service beginning at 3:15 p.m. Please join us at The Power Place Church located at 576 Rosedale Rd #10, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Feel free to dress casually for the occasion. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Georgeann may be made to The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ.org) by selecting "Ways to Give" then "Give In Tribute". Online condolences can be shared at www.paganofuneralhome.com. Thank you for your kindness and support during this difficult time.
Emily "Jean" Scalessa
Jul 29, 1942 - Mar 02, 2024
Emily "Jean" Scalessa passed away on March 2 surrounded by the love and support of her family. Jean was born in Penns Grove, New Jersey, on July 29, 1942. She was the third of five children born to Joseph and Edith Stephano. Jean spent most of her childhood years in the vicinity of St. Edward's Parish in the Northeast area of Philadelphia, surrounded by an extended Italian family that lovingly transmitted an appreciation for music, (accordion playing, the old player piano), dancing (the "Tarantella'), making homemade pasta and homemade wine, and for living happily without much to live on. In those days, the entertainment was also "homemade", and Jean would spend many evenings listening to stories recounted by 'theatrically minded" relatives and neighbors. The Stephano family moved to Wilmington, Delaware in August 1953. In September, Jean entered St. Elizabeth's High School where she decided to join the Glee Club and enrolled at the Wilmington School of Music as a piano student. It was in her senior year that Jean had her first opportunity to move her musical talent from the family parlor to the stage. After intending to just 'tag along' with a few St. Elizabeth Glee Club friends who wanted to audition for the Spring Musical at Salesianum, Jean was coaxed into trying out as well. With her natural alto voice she landed the lead in "Oklahoma' which ultimately resulted in her receiving a scholarship to attend the Catholic University of America School of Music. Once there, Jean was invited to join a select group of singers called "The Cardinalairs", performing at many signature events in Washington DC and New York. Upon graduation, Jean married Donald Scalessa and had two children, Donald and Stefanie, and accepted a position at St. John's Military Academy as the choral director. Accommodating her husband's growing career as a corporate real estate broker, Jean moved many times over the course of her married life, and in each location, she quickly identified opportunities for developing her musicality. In Sarasota, Florida she discovered a talent for organizing and fundraising for cultural events, and she assisted in forming the Asolo Opera Association, where she had the chance to welcome a young Luciano Pavarotti when he performed there. After additional moves to Washington, D.C., Maryland, Georgia, and New Jersey, the family returned to Wilmington in 1980. Jean was immediately offered the position of choral director at Salesianum High School and St. Elizabeth's. It was also during this time that Jean launched a talented choral group called "The Delaware Singers". The initiation of this group is what established Jean as a promotor of culture in the state of Delaware. Her dream was to enhance the quality and diversity of entertainment options in her hometown. She traveled to Italy to study music, and on a later trip with members from the Delaware Singers, performed to a private audience at the Vatican. In 1988 she was offered the position as Director of Music Ministry at St. Anthony's where she not only infused a greater love of the classical Italian tradition into special "Feast Day" liturgical celebrations, (Columbus Day, St. Anthony's Feast Day, and the Via Crucis with a 'live' chorus), but she enhanced the secular side of the Italian Festival by promoting a more comprehensive cultural experience. This led to the launching of "Arianna", which was created to promote Italian culture for all ages through musical performances highlighting composers and performers from Italy. The group offered some of the most artistically brilliant performances in the city of Wilmington. While at St. Anthony's, Jean worked to create a 'spirit of prayerfulness' through music, and devoted her time to developing and encouraging young people to participate in the music liturgy. Many of Jean’s grade school students became so inspired and encouraged by her that they have continued on to become professional music ministers and musicians of their own. One of Jean’s most treasured memories was organizing reunions with these young talented students and making music together in her home after ordering take out from her son’s restaurant, Scalessa’s Italian Kitchen. Following her retirement from St. Anthony's in 2007, Jean continued to work in ministry part-time at St. Ann's and then eventually playing the organ at St. Elizabeth's. Jean was an art enthusiast, an avid learner, tremendous cook, and traveler. She marveled at the beauty of a budding flower, birds nesting in her birdhouses, the color from a brushstroke, the buttery goodness of a homemade croissant, and the smells from a seasoned kitchen. But most of all, Jean was genuine. She took the time to ask people their names and where they were from. She loved to laugh and was a master at welcoming you into her home and her heart. Her happiest moments were those shared in the comfort of her home around a table of food, telling stories and making memories. She was a true child of God and trusted Him to guide her inner voice. Jean is survived by her son Donald Scalessa, daughter Stefanie Scalessa-Whitby (Lou), her sisters Concetta Dallas, Mary Jane McInnis (Don), and her brother, Joseph Stephano. Her much loved grandchildren, Alicia Scalessa-Abreu (Jeff), Nicole Scalessa, Donald Scalessa, and her great grandchildren, Cameron Abreu, and Lola Abreu. To our loving Mother, Grandmother, Sister, continue to be the "eternal optimist' and pray for us as we pray for you. Family and friends are invited to visit at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek on Friday, March 8 from 3:00 – 7:00PM. An additional visitation will be held at St. Elizabeth Church, Cedar and Clayton Streets, Wilmington on Saturday, March 9 from 11:00 – 11:45AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00PM. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jean may be made to the Capuchin Poor Clare Sisters, c/o St. Veronica Giuliani Monastery, 816 N. Jefferson Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.
Joan Marie Moore Carson
Jan 01, 1939 - Feb 29, 2024
Joan Marie Moore Carson, age 84, of Wilmington, Delaware, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, February 29, 2024. Joan was preceded in death by her loving husband, Thomas, of 52 years. Joan was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in 1939, daughter of the late Edward & Agnes Moore. Her brother Patrick Moore preceded her in death. She is survived by her three daughters Trish Ello (Mark) of Leesburg, VA, Beth Carson of West Chester, PA, and Colleen Carson (Rustyn Stoops) of Wilmington, DE. Joan was a proud grandmother to her seven grandchildren Meghan, Kasey, Kiley, Haley (Chris), Carson, Emma, and Thomas. She is also survived by her brother Thomas Moore (Mary) of Wilkes-Barre, PA, as well as nieces and nephews. Joan was a caring and loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend. Her love and caring for her family and friends were her focus and in so many ways she was able to show that to us with her warmth, kind soul, and gentle spirit. Joan graduated from Coughlin High School and Wyoming Valley Hospital School of Nursing where she received the Alumni Award for maintaining the highest scholastic average. She started her nursing career at Princeton Hospital, Princeton NJ. She then ventured to Miami, Florida before returning to Wilkes-Barre to work for the Red Cross Blood Bank where she traveled across Pennsylvania with their mobile unit. Once married, she began working at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford, DE, before raising her three daughters. Joan then ventured into the business world alongside her husband, owning and operating an office supply business for a short time before returning to nursing, joining the family practice of Dr. Morgan. After retiring, Joan enjoyed many classes at the Lifelong Learning Institute and during this time found her way back to the game of bridge. She became an avid player who enjoyed playing several times a week and even more so the friendships she gained through her bridge-playing days. Joan enjoyed dining out, shopping and traveling. She had many opportunities to travel both domestically and internationally. Some of her favorite memories include trips to California, Ireland, a Viking Cruise in Europe, an Alaskan Cruise, Hilton Head, Florida, and a 50th anniversary trip with Tom to their original honeymoon location in Quebec City. One of Joan’s most cherished roles was that of being “Mom Mom” to her seven “favorite” grandchildren. Joan took great pleasure in participating in her grandchildren’s lives and was blessed to be able to share in so many cherished moments. Joan was also a woman of deep faith, her faith was the cornerstone of her life, guiding her actions and giving her strength. She was the light of our lives, and though that light has dimmed in this world, it will forever shine bright in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local blood bank. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on March 8, 2024, at 11:00am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4701 Weldin Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803. Friends and family may visit from 10:00am to 11:00am. Interment will follow at St. Joseph on the Brandywine, 10 Old Church Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807. A reception will be held following the service and burial.
Diane L. Scioli
Apr 08, 1945 - Feb 29, 2024
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.
Elizabeth S. Dautel
Died : Feb 26, 2024
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.
Mary Elizabeth Stewart
Oct 18, 1951 - Feb 18, 2024
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.
Jan 01, 1938 - Feb 25, 2024
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.
Kenneth A. Farrell
Sep 17, 1939 - Feb 29, 2024
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
Florence G. Giafski
May 04, 1931 - Feb 27, 2024
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/.
Johan Gael Sanchez Pintado
Died : Feb 25, 2024
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.