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Joan F. Gorsuch  

Joan F. Gorsuch

September 28, 1932 – January 13, 2014

Joan F. Gorsuch, age 81, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully at her home, on Monday, January 13, 2014.

Joan was born in Blades, Delaware on September 28, 1932, and was a daughter of the late Clifton T. Smith and Myrtle A. White Smith. She worked as a bridal consultant for Nan’s Bridal Shop in Wilmington and retired after many years of service.

Family was most important to Joan. An exceptional homemaker and excellent cook, she delighted in caring for her loved ones. Known affectionately as the “best mom mom” by her grandchildren, Joan adored the many precious moments she spent with each of them. In her leisure time, she enjoyed attending bingo, shopping, playing the lottery, watching television, and visiting local casinos.

She looked forward to spending winters in Hobe Sound, FL each year, where she relished the warmer weather and relaxed pace. Above all else, Joan will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother, and will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years, Charles E. Gorsuch; son, Chuck Gorsuch, Jr. and wife Jeanna of Jenson Beach, FL; daughter, Debbie Hinderhofer and husband Donald of West Grove, PA; sister, Delores Mullins of Virginia Beach, VA; 5 grandchildren, Heather Dargie, Devon Sundberg, Shannon Palmer, Zakary May, and Halli Gorsuch; and 1great grandchild, Harper Palmer.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Friday morning, January 17, 2014, at The Chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where friends may call from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will follow in the adjoining memorial park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joan’s name may be made to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, Second Floor, Newark, DE 19711.

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  1. Janet Mannon, January 14, 2014

    Joan was one of my dearest friends since childhood when we attended grade school, middle school and high school. Our friendship continued through the years and we had many good times in and out of school. Although we didn’t get to see one another throughout the years because we lived in different locations we continued our friendship via phone and e-mails. During a visit in Delaware this past September my husband, Roy, and I had a wonderful visit visit with Joan and Chuck where we went down ‘memory lane’ with pictures from her wedding day when I was one of her bridesmaid and I took a lot of pictures. I have lost my friend but the memories of our friendship will always be with me! I truly loved Joan and will miss her so much.

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  2. Anita Danforth-Dargie, January 15, 2014

    Heart felt condolences to the family.
    The tribute to her was very touching I know you will always remember Joan,mom mom- mom in your hearts.

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  3. Les and Sandy Gorsuch, January 15, 2014

    A very beautiful woman. Completely dedicated to her family. Someone who took me into her home without the slightest hesitation when I needed that. Unfortunately I did not get to say goodbye to you I will always love and admire you!
    LES

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  4. Dawn Hartman Usilton, January 15, 2014

    ~So many wonderful memories of Joan growing up with Debbie. These memories pull us though the hard times. Much love and prayers for peace to the family.

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  5. T. Kelly, January 15, 2014

    My deepest condolences to the family. Losing a dear loved one can leave a very empty space in one’s life. Please find strength, hope, and comfort in the God of Comfort. (2 Cor.1:3,4)

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  6. Judy Bellomy & family, January 15, 2014

    We would like to express our deepest sympathy to you and family. Joan was special to us as well. May God comfort you and yours in the loss of a very dear one.

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  7. Richard and Debbie Bloomquist, January 16, 2014

    Our deepest condolences to all of you. Words alone cannot describe what a beautiful person Joan was. She will truly be missed. Love you all.

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  8. Marlene & Al, January 16, 2014

    With many special memories of times spent in Florida & our dinners together at Jetty’s (her fav. for shrimp).
    A totally wonderful lady who spoke of her children/gr.children & new gr.child with pride and to her beloved hubby, Chuck her best friend & caretaker.. We love & will forever miss you Joan.
    May God Bless you Chuck.

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