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Pauline Grace Selvaggio

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Pauline Grace Selvaggio

AGE: 97 • Wilmington, Del.

Pauline Grace Selvaggio, age 97, passed peacefully, surrounded by her family, on December 22nd at Shipley Manor in Wilmington, Delaware.

Growing up during the depression, Pauline sacrificed a formal education to work for her family. However, she later studied at the "University of Life" where she majored in "loving perfection" and graduated with the highest possible honors. She then became an unparalleled mother, grandmother, and a dear friend to many. She was an exemplary model of kindness, simplicity, and hospitality, and she was an inspiration to everyone who was fortunate enough to have known her.

She enjoyed traveling, crabbing, playing Skip-bo, and bowling, but she cherished her time with family and friends and the ability to help and comfort others more than anything else.

Pauline is pre-deceased by her husband, Charles, her daughter, Paula, and her granddaughter, Emily. She is survived by her daughter, Carmella Selvaggio-Lynch, her two sons, Michael and Chuck Selvaggio, and her six grandchildren: Andrea Feldman of Clayton, DE, Erik Evans of Middletown, DE, Sarah, Brooks of Townsend, DE, Francesca Vavala of Wilmington, DE, Ann Bruning of Exeter, CA, and Edmond Lynch, Jr. of Harrisonsville, MO.

The family would like to express special appreciation for the exceptional care she received at Shipley Manor during her final days. They are very grateful to each member of the extraordinary staff there who extended care above and beyond the call of duty.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Anthony's church in Wilmington, DE at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, December 28th. Friends and family may call at the church one hour prior at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Neighbors to Nicaragua, Inc. and sent to 2605 Marhill Drive, Wilmington, DE 19810 or online at

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Published in The News Journal from Dec. 25 to Dec. 27, 2016
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