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Aiello, Mary  
Mary Aiello Mary Aiello, age 90 of Wilmington, DE passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2015. Born in Wilmington, DE on December 29, 1924, Mary was the daughter of Constantino and Mary Iannone Roca. Mary liked spending time with her family, as well as playing bingo and bocce at Mid-County Senior Center. She spent her last two years at Ingleside Assisted Living and was a founding member of St. Catherine of Siena Church, where she enjoyed going on many bus trips. Mary was also a volunteer at the VA Hospital Chapel for more than 35 years. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Andy (2001), daughter Maryann Bishop (2013). She will be missed by her daughters, Joanne Petrie (Ed), Lena Kumpel (Claude), Patty Fromal, and Andrea Aiello and grandchildren Danielle Mahaffey (Brett), Diana Zipko (Matt), Andrew Kumpel (Kara), John Kumpel, Kate Bishop and great granddaughter, Maggie Anne Mahaffey. The family would like to thank the staff at Ingleside Assisted Living for taking excellent care of Mary. Family and friends are invited to attend Mary's viewing on Thursday, January 29, 2015, at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 2501 Centerville Rd in Wilmington, from 10:00-11:15 am. A Mass of Christian burial will then be celebrated at 11:30am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in Mary's name be sent to Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital, 4755 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19718. arcarofuneralhome.com (302)658-9095
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Alston Jr., Joseph H.  
Joseph H. Alston, Jr. 1922 - 2015 Do to inclement weather, Mr. Alston service of celebration has been rescheduled and will be held, 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 29, at Ezion- Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, 800 N. Walnut St., Wilmington, DE. Viewing held from 4-6:30 p.m., with formal homegoing services to follow. Interment in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 3. EVAN W. SMITH FUNERAL SERVICES www.ewsmithfs.com (302) 377-6906
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Atallian, Joseph A.  
Joseph A. Atallian AGE: 71 • Wilmington Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Parkview Nursing Home. An entire obituary with service information will be published at a later time. MealeyFuneralHomes.com (302) 652-5913
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Blume, Allan D.  
Allan D. Blume Age 75, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on January 26, 2015. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Allan graduated from P.S. duPont High School and attended both the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Temple University. He was a chemical operator for the Valero Refinery until his retirement in 2007. Allan served in the Delaware National Guard attached to the 116th Surgical Hospital. An avid Philadelphia sports fan, he was also a member of the Oriental Masonic Lodge. Preceded in death by his loving brother-in-law, Harvey Lessin; Allan is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ruth; children, Michael (Audrey) and Allison Hurley; brother Gary (Janet); sister-in-law, Irene Lessin; step-grandchildren, Christina (Will) and Ben; step-great-grandchild, Emma; loving niece Sonja (Michael); nephews, Jay (Julie) and Alan (Rosalind); great-niece and nephews, Justin, Ryan and Emma; his best four-legged friend, Joey; special friends, Susan and Manling; and many friends who were very important to him. A graveside service will be held, 11:00 am, Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the Jewish Community Cemetery, 401 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803. Shiva will be observed 7:00 pm, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at the late residence. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Congregation Beth Shalom, 1801 Baynard Boulevard, Wilmington, DE 19802 or the Faithful Friends Animal Society, 12 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804. SCHOENBERG MEMORIAL CHAPEL
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Carpenter, Robert L.  
Robert L. Carpenter AGE: 82 • Dover, DE Robert L. "Bob" Carpenter of Dover, DE, age 82, passed away suddenly on January 25, 2015. He was born in Wilmington, DE on March 23, 1932 to the late Robert and Edith Carpenter. Bob was retired from local 74 of the Pipefitters Union. He served as past President of the Shrine Club of Delaware, Nur Temple. In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his sisters, Elsie Jackson, Elizabeth Adkins; and his first wife, Gertrude Carpenter. He is survived by his loving wife of 11 years, Joan Carpenter; sister, Sarah Snyder; step-daughters, Charlene Burr (Tony) and Denise Sawyer (Dan); step-grandchildren, Joshua and Jenn Burr; and his dearest friend, Buck Musser and family. A viewing will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 10 am in the Faries Funeral Chapel, located at 29 S. Main St. in Smyrna. Funeral Services will begin at 11 am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Drive, Newark, DE 19713. Condolence letters may be sent by visiting www.fariesfuneralhome.com .
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Caruso, Sabina A. "Sally"  
Sabina A. "Sally" Caruso AGE: 70 • Wilmington Passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Seasons Hospice Sally was born in Wilmington, the daughter of the late Rose (Bianco) and Anthony T. Sarro. She was a homemaker and was also predeceased by her brother, Anthony F. Sarro in 1997. She is survived by her daughter, Maria Caruso of Las Vegas, NV; her granddaughter, Jeannie; her brothers, Rev. John A. Sarro of Childs, MD and Raymond D. Sarro and his wife, Josephine of Wilmington; her nephew Raymond D. Sarro, Jr; her niece, Catherine Sarro and her loving partner of 28 years, Harry Cobb of Pike Creek. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday morning at 11 AM at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 2501 Centerville Road, Wilmington, DE 19808, where friends may call after 10 AM. Burial will be in Cathedral Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to either St. Catherine of Siena Church at the above address or the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, 1120 Blue Ball Road, Childs, MD 21916. MealeyFuneralHomes.com (302) 652-5913
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Church, Esther A.  
Esther A. Church AGE: 97 • Mrs. Church departed this life January 23, 2015, in Wilmington Hospital; wife of the late Samuel Church; mother of Clifton Armstead (Dawn); sister of the late John Ford, Eva Bates & Mildred (Mert) Ford. Also survived by nephew Charles S. Cramer, Jr. (Yvonne); 1 granddaughter Jaye Armstead; 1 great-granddaughter, Aubrey Armstead; a special friend Betty Smith, other family & friends. Funeral 10am Saturday, Jan. 31st at Congo Funeral Home, 201 N. Gray Avenue, Wilm. 19805; viewing 9-10am only. Interment in Rolling Green Memorial Park. www.con gofuneralhome.com
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Cicchetti, Donna  
Donna Cicchetti AGE: 51 • Newark Donna Cicchetti of Newark, Delaware, born on August 7, 1963, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Donna graduated from Thomas McKean High School in 1981. She went on to become a postmaster for the United States Postal Service. Some of her many hobbies included playing softball, going shopping at the outlets, relaxing at the beach, playing games on the computer and arcade, drawing, watching Christmas movies, and most of all spending time with her family and close friends. Donna had a great sense of humor and could always bring a smile to someone's face. She will always be remembered holding her large Dunkin' Donuts coffee. Donna was a hardworking, dedicated, generous, and compassionate mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She was preceded in death by her father, John Cicchetti; brother, Michael Cicchetti; grandparents, Michael and Mary Kasowski; grandfather, John Cicchetti; uncle, Patrick Cicchetti; and cousin, Barbara A. Cutillo. Donna will be sadly missed by her son, Corey Michael Cicchetti, who was her pride and joy; mother, Ann (Kasowski) Cicchetti; grandmother Lydia T. (Michini) Cicchetti; sister, Karen Southard and her husband, Jim; niece, Alyssa Southard; and nephew, Jimmy Southard. A memorial service will be held on Saturday January 31, 2015 at 11:00AM at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek, Wilmington, DE 19808. Visitation for family and friends will occur from 9:30 to 11:00AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for Corey Cicchetti's education, PO Box 5416, Wilmington, DE 19808. To offer condolences, visit www.dohertyfh.com 302.999.8277
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Crews, E. Dale "Big Daddy"  
E. Dale "Big Daddy" Crews AGE: 82 • Clayton Edwin Dale Crews, age 82, of Claymont, DE passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015, at his home. A native of Mecklenburg County, Virginia, he was the son of the late James and Dorothy (Winn) Crews of Boydton, VA. He graduated from Virginia Tech and served in the Air Force for four years as an Air Traffic Controller at Neah Bay, WA. He returned home to marry the late Myrth Elaine Schultz from Wheeler, OR. He had a career in agricultural sales, primarily with Ralston Purina and Southern States, and lived in Boydton, Chase City, Pulaski, and Roanoke, VA, before retiring to Wilmington, DE. He was grateful to AA for twenty-five years of sobriety. Dale was preceded in death by his wife Myrth; his son, Edwin Crews Jr; his daughter, Jackie Crews; and his brother, Colonel (retired) James Monroe Crews, Jr. Cherishing his memories are his daughter Elaine O'Connell and granddaughter Sarah Myrth O'Connell, both of Wilmington, DE; his sister-in-law, Barbara Crews of Birmingham, AL; nieces, Kathy Teufert of Mahtomedi, MN and Susan Farrell of Birmingham, AL; nephew, James Monroe Crews III of Golden, CO; and a vast number of other caring friends. Dale was a humble and loving man who gave his all to his family, his many friends, and his cat companion, Ms. Kitty, and could always be counted on for his entertaining stories. We know he's having a huge home cooked southern meal with the big man upstairs, and that he is already the life of the party. A memorial celebration of his life will be held Saturday, January 31st at noon at the Delaware Association of Police (DAP), 2201 Lancaster Ave, Wilmington, DE. Burial will be private. The family thanks the staff at Wilmington Hospital, Christiana Hospital, Cadia Rehab Silverside, Christiana Care VNA, Brandywine Village Network and Delaware Hospice for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Limen House for Men, 600 West 10th St, Wilmington, DE 19801 or Faithful Friends, 12 Germay Dr, Wilmington, DE 19804. To offer condolences, visit www.facebook.com/dalecrews32 .
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DiJiacomo, Louis Anthony  
Louis Anthony DiJiacomo "Speedy AGE: 75 • Newark Louis Anthony DiJiacomo, 75 of Newark, DE, peacefully passed away surrounded by his loving family on Monday, January 26, 2015. Lou was born in Wilmington on January 23, 1940, son of the late John and Wilda (Rizzi) DiJiacomo. A veteran of the United States Air Force, he was employed as a letter carrier with the United States Postal Service and retired after 42 years of dedicated service. He served as president of the Postal Employee Credit Union for 25 years. Lou was a member of Soloman Lodge #36 AF & AM and St. Anthony of Padua Parish. Lou will be dearly missed by his wife of 54 years, Geraldine (Hogan) DiJiacomo; his son, Anthony M. DiJiacomo and his wife, Wendy; his grandson, Cory Grzybowski and his wife, Amy; and his great granddaughter, Elli Grzybowski. He was predeceased by his brother, John DiJiacomo. Friends are invited to the visitation at Gracelawn Memorial Park Chapel, 2220 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle on Friday, January 30 from 10:00-11:00AM. Funeral services will begin at 11:00AM, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lou may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 330 S. 9th Street, Third Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Doherty Funeral Homes To offer condolences, visit www.dohertyfh.com 302.999.8277
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