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Eugene J. Magnani

Born: 9/24/1923
Died: 9/24/2010

Eugene J. Magnani


Mr. Eugene J. Magnani died at Christiana Hospital, surrounded by his loving family, on Friday, September 24, 2010, his 87th birthday, after a courageous battle with leukemia.

Mr. Magnani was born in Staten Island, NY on September 24, 1923 to Attilio and Mary (Achino) Magnani. He grew up in an extended family of artisans and builders. After graduating from vocational school and working as a machinist, he was drafted in the Army in WWII. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and served as a witness to concentration camp atrocities. After the war he began a 36 year career with Tidewater/Getty Oil Company, moving to help start a new refinery in Delaware City, DE and rising to shift supervisor.

He fulfilled his dream of building a home entirely by himself thrice over and astounded his friends and neighbors with his problem solving and construction skills. A favorite project was helping his son, Barry create the Green Man sculptures in Winterthurs Enchanted Woods.

Mr. Magnani is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Edythe Bilics Magnani; daughter, Denise and husband, Jonathan Kissell of Wilmington, DE; sons, Raymond Magnani and wife, Marilynn of Newark, DE, Barry Magnani of Amherst, MA, and Eugene Magnani of Pittsburg, PA; grandchildren, Matthew Schweizer and wife, Erica Heinlein, Emily, Dante, and Gabriella Magnani; great-grandsons, Maxwell and Jacob Schweizer; sister, Mary Ann Scolaro and husband, Dominic of Elkton, MD; Epi Mavaro, who was raised by his parents and was like a sister to him; nieces Lisa Scolaro, Sharon Loving, and Dina Brown; and nephews, Daniel and Peter Scolaro.

Visitation will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm on Monday, September 27, 2010, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, September 28, 2010, at the Thomas More Oratory, 45 Lovett Avenue, Newark, DE. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in Mr. Magnanis memory to one of the following: Thomas More Oratory, 45 Lovett Avenue, Newark, DE 19711; United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW Washington, DC 20024; or The Beautiful View Garden for Children, Plants, and Animals, c/o Friends of Bellevue, 800 Carr Road, Wilmington, DE 19809. To sign guest register, visit


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