Fredercik H. Hess
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AGE: 87 • Wilmington
Called from heaven to earth and back again, Frederick Harold Hess passed away on June 9, 2014, while surrounded by friends and family after an heroic - even inspiring -- battle with cancer. Fred was 87 years of age at the time of his death.
Fred was predeceased by his sister Wanda Pagonis and is survived by his loving sister Alice Galiotti. He and Alice shared eighty years of life, deep and respectful affection, and continuous mutual support. He is also survived by three nieces and nephews born of his sister, Wanda, as well as their spouses and children: Fred Pagonis, his wife Martha K. Pagonis, and their daughter, Wendy, of Warrenton, Virginia; Alexander J. Pagonis and his daughter, Alexandra, of Centreville, VA; and Maryanne T. Dailey and her daughter, Sarah, of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Among the many people he knew and cared about, two women figured prominently in his life: Tessie Krasowitz and Frances Poland. He had enduring, loving and caring relationships with both. Both loved him deeply and he them. Tessie died in 1996 after which he met Frances.
He is survived as well by Dennis Phifer, Lynne Phifer (the niece of Tessie), and their children, Christopher and Matthew. Fred adopted the Phifer family decades ago and they him. He is loved by each of them. He was a role model to all of them.
God. Country. Family. Service. These were the organizing principles of his life. He was always committed to volunteerism but after his retirement from Delmarva Power & Light, service to others became his full-time job.
Fred lived his Catholic faith. He cared deeply about the sick, and the poor and the hungry. He was a long-time member of St. Matthew's Church. He participated in church affairs as a committed and reliable volunteer. He was a proud member of the U.S. Army having served from 1945 through 1946. He identified with the men and women who served this country in uniform. He cared about their welfare both during and after their tours of active duty. He was an active member of the Hall-Burke VFW Post in Claymont, DE and served several years as a District Commander in the State of Delaware. He volunteered at the Veterans Hospital in Elsmere and surpassed more than 2000 hours of documented time in this labor of love and duty. He was a prominent contributing member of the group that created the Newport War Memorial and he was active in supporting and organizing local Pearl Harbor and D-Day memorial activities.
He not only served his community through organization of and commitment to group activities he also exceled in unpublicized "random acts of kindness" made known only by the gratitude of the beneficiaries of his kindness.
He traveled widely. He loved much. And he lived the life he wanted to live.
The family and friends of Fred wish to thank the staff at Christiana Care, Jefferson Hospital and Regal Heights Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for their compassionate care and concern for Fred in his final days.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Matthews Church, 901 E. Newport Pike Wilmington, DE 19804 on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 11am., where visitation will take place in the church beginning at 10am. Interment will be in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, DE.
Doherty Funeral Homes
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Doherty Funeral Homes - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808
Published in The News Journal from June 17 to June 19, 2014