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Doris T. DelleDonne

AGE: 80 •

Doris T. DelleDonne, 80, found peace on November 6, 2016, 3 years after suffering a catastrophic stroke. She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Joe, who died on July 24th. She was also predeceased by her parents, Bernard and Catherine August. She is survived by her daughters, Lisa Kowalski (Daniel), Michelle Simione (Mark) and Josette Manning (Bradley); her grandchildren, Danielle McVaugh (T.R.), Rebecca and Gabrielle Kowalski, Jenna Simione, and Claire, Conner and Charlotte Manning; her brothers Ronald August (Jeanette) and Bernard August; in-laws, Rita DelleDonne, and Frances DelleDonne. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends, particularly Livia and Aldo Casale.

Doris grew up in Wilmington and graduated from P.S. DuPont High School in 1954. She met Joe through a mutual friend as they strolled down Market Street - a story she loved to tell. They married in 1960. Doris worked as a secretary for Diamond Coal in Elsmere, but left to raise her children. In the 80's she worked at DiMauro's Apparel, Joe's cousin's shop on DuPont Street. In 1988 she took a job at Happy Harry's in Trolley Square, where she worked for 20 years, retiring as a pharmacy technician. After retirement, she spent her time caring for and doting on her grandchildren.

Doris loved visiting the beach and Boston. She loved crossword puzzles, flowers and anything with "bling." Doris was very outspoken even though her facial expressions conveyed her every thought. She was a passionate person who did everything to excess: she loved her family, almost obsessively, she cooked meals for 20 even though only 5 were at the table, she decorated top to bottom for every holiday, and her gift giving was legendary. Doris was incredibly strong and overcame many obstacles in her life. She was proud of her family and prided herself on always putting her family first throughout her entire life. Doris' passion and love of family will never be forgotten, nor will her Christmas Eve dinners, cookies or famous eggplant parmesan.

We extend our deepest gratitude to her caregivers at Parkview Nursing home, who took excellent care of her, and of us.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 9th and DuPont Sts in Wilmington, on November 10th at 11:30am. Entombment will follow in Cathedral Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church on Thursday morning, prior to mass, from 9:30-11:15am.

Despite Doris' love of flowers, please consider donations to , her preferred charity.

Published in The News Journal from Nov. 8 to Nov. 10, 2016
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