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DALY FRANCES HELEN DALY Frances Helen Daly, 94, died on November 14, 2012, at home in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. A first-generation American of Italian descent, Mrs. Daly was born Frances Helen Chickachop to Maria Viola and Camillo Chickachop (Ciccocioppi) on April 22, 1918, in Cedar Brook, NJ. She graduated from Hammonton High School and attended Strayer's Business College, in Philadelphia. Her husband of 68 years, George W. Daly, Capt. USN (Ret.), predeceased her in 2010. As a Navy family, they resided in Norfolk, Virginia; Annapolis, Maryland; Bayside, Queens; and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, before settling in Silver Spring, Maryland, where they finished raising their six children. They retired to Port St. Lucie, Florida, before moving to Middletown, Delaware, in 1999. Mrs. Daly's life was enriched by her long and loving relationship with her family, including her husband, George; and her children and their spouses: Joan and Martin Mason of Odessa, Delaware; George, Jr., and Mary Anne Daly of Mill Valley, CA; Mary Ann and Paul West of Berkeley Heights, New Jersey; Barbara and Gerhard Gnaedig of Greenwich, CT; John and Taylor Daly of Atlanta, GA; and Peter and Patricia Daly of Clarksburg, MD. She had 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Mary Landels Daly. A gentle mentor to countless friends and relatives, Mrs. Daly will be gratefully remembered for her guidance and support of their educational, professional and personal pursuits. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend to the very end of her life and will be profoundly missed. A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, November 23 at St. Joseph's Church, 371 E. Main Street, Middletown, DE. with a funeral mass following immediately afterwards. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, 399 North Street, Greenwich, CT on Saturday, November 24 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Tutwiler Clinic, 205 Alma Street, Tutwiler, MS 38963-0462.

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 20, 2012