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AGE: 88 • Wilmington
Adelaide Wise, known fondly as "Addie", age 88, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by her family on Wednesday, August 6, 2014.
Addie was born in Teramo, Italy on March 24, 1926, and was a daughter of the late Luigi DiMarco and Fedele Iovannoni DiMarco. She was a member of the graduating class of 1943 from Chester High School. In addition to being an exceptional homemaker, Addie worked as a receptionist at the former First Federal Savings and Loan Association in Wilmington.
She was a parishioner at Holy Spirit R.C. Church in New Castle for the past 48 years and was very active in the Sodality of the Blessed Mother, the parish council, choir and also volunteered her time and talents with the religious education program and as a parish lector. In her leisure time, Addie enjoyed gardening, painting, crocheting, various arts and crafts, sewing and doll making. She adored spending time with her beloved family, especially her grandchildren and will be greatly missed.
In addition to her parents, Addie was preceded in death by her husband, Putney A. Wise, who died in 1975 and a sister, Mary DiDomenico. She is survived by her 7 children, Patrice A. Wise and Christina M. Wise, both of Wilmington, Dale L. Devonshire (John) of Brockton, MA, Mark A. Wise (Patricia) of Wilmington, AnnMarie Messick (Christopher) of Newark, Jennifer L. Schwarz (Eric) of Mansfield, MA and Jonathan A. Wise (Janet) of Villanova, PA; sister, Angeline McNelly of Brookhaven, PA; and her 8 grandchildren, who were the light of her life, Kathryn, Benjamin, Victoria, Hannah, Sarah, Sophia, Amanda and Angelika.
The family wishes to offer their special thanks to Dr. Katherine Sahm, Dr. Linsey O'Donnell and her staff, Kathleen Lenderman, RN and the entire staff of NeuroCare for their kind and compassionate care during Addie's illness.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Sunday evening, August 10, 2014 at the Holy Spirit R.C. Church, 12 Winder Road, Garfield Park, New Castle. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am on Monday morning, August 11, 2014, at the church. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Addie's name may be made to the Holy Spirit R.C. Church, at the address listed above.
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Published in The News Journal from Aug. 8 to Aug. 10, 2014