Philomena M. "Phil" Ruiz(1937 - 2014)

Philomena M. Ruiz


AGE: 77 • Newark

Philomena Marie Cioci Ruiz of Newark, Delaware died on Friday, June 27, 2014 after a brief illness. She was 77 years old.

Phil was born in Wilmington on February 11, 1937. She graduated from PS Dupont High School in 1954 and married the love of her life, James Ruiz, two weeks later. They moved to be with family in Louisiana, where they lived for 8 years. During this time, Phil worked at the General Adjustment Bureau and for the Maninsco Insurance Adjusters. In 1962, the couple moved back to their family in Delaware and settled in Newark, where they have lived for 50 years. Phil worked as a secretary and office manager for the Dupont and Hercules Companies. She retired in 2002 to care for her granddaughter, Maya.

More important to Phil though, were the titles of wife, mom, and grandmom. Phil lived for her grandchildren and wanted nothing more than to smother them with hugs and kisses. There was nothing better than a kitchen full of food, family, and friends. She was famous for her cooking of both Italian and Cajun specialties. Her famous Christmas cookies and Easter bread will be missed by many. She was also known for her generosity and thoughtfulness.

Phil was a woman of great faith, and it is that faith that her family will lean on. Phil was preceded in death by her parents, Ercole and Valentina Cioci; her sister, Mary Necastro; and her niece, Lisa Necastro.

Phil is survived by those who will miss her most, her husband James, with whom she was able to share her 60th wedding anniversary on June 26; her daughters, Cristina Ruiz and Stacie Ruiz, and son-in-law, Brad Killian; her grandchildren, Maya Ruiz and Rhys Killian; sisters Almerinda Dyer and Frances Sheehan; brother, Frank Cioci; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff in units 2D and 5E in Christiana Hospital for their care of Phil over the past week.

Family and friends are invited to visit at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek on Tuesday, July 1 from 5:00-7:00PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth's Church, Cedar and Clayton Streets, Wilmington on Wednesday, July 2 at 10:00AM. Interment will follow in Cathedral Cemetery.

"And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love."

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3200 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808
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Published in The News Journal from June 29 to July 1, 2014