Robert J. Marvel
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AGE: 77 • Wilmington
Robert J. Marvel, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Francis Hospital. Returning to Heaven, on the anniversary of his birth, Bob was greeted by his dear daughter, mother and family that preceded him for his 77th birthday party.
He was born in Wilmington to the late, William and Elva T. Marvel. A true son of Wilmington, Bob attended Wilmington HS (1956) and the University of Delaware and began his career in the insurance industry as an independent broker. His concern for his clients and his expertise allowed him to enjoy an excellent reputation among his peers. He held a number of positions, including a successful partnership at Connor, Marvel, and Pierce in Centreville, DE. Bob learned the importance of serving others at a young age as a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, where he had perfect attendance at Sunday School until the age of 16.
As a young professional, Bob joined the Wilmington Jaycees and through his many efforts he was recognized with their, Young Man of the Year Award, and ultimately served as the president of the organization. His community involvement prompted Eunice Kennedy Shriver to approach Bob to start Special Olympics in Delaware. With good friends Vic Murray and Don Bergner, they created and lead Delaware Special Olympics. He served as president and was a member of the board of directors for many years. Bob also found time to serve on the boards of the Leukemia Society of Delaware, Wilmington Sister Cities and Judi Marvel Charities, Inc., an organization started in honor of his late daughter-in-law.
Beyond his professional and civic interests, Bob was very devoted to his family and took his role as son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and uncle very seriously. His loyalty to the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies never waned. Always quick with a smile and a good joke, he was blessed with many good friendships.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ann (Lohmann) Marvel; his son, W. Craig (Stephanie) of West Chester, PA; a sister, Elva Vandever (Edward) of New Castle; his 3 grandchildren, Austin, Jessica and Amanda and many nieces and nephews. Bob is also preceded in death by his daughter, Kimberly A. Mirenda, son-in-law, Richard A. Mirenda, Jr., his daughter-in-law, Judi Stafford Marvel, his 2 sisters, Erma McMaster and Shirley Mitchener and his mother and father-in-law, William and Anna Lohmann.
Bob's family would like to extend their appreciation to the many caregivers from University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Forward Manor, Bayada Homecare, especially Ann Azer, RN, who devotedly fashioned his care at home and for the devoted care given by the "Earth Angels" at Compassionate Care Hospice. He would want all of his caregivers to been acknowledged for their expertise, kindness and friendship
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 29, from 6-8pm at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4501 Weldin Rd. Wilmington. An additional visitation will be held at the church on Friday, May 30, from 10-10:45am with Mass of Christian Burial immediately following at 11am. Interment will be held at All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Judi Marvel Charities, 555 Deer Pointe Rd., West Chester, PA., 19382. For online condolences visit; www.mccreryandharra.com
Published in The News Journal from May 27 to May 29, 2014