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John J. Curlett, Jr.

July 21, 1943 – November 27, 2013

John J. Curlett, Jr., known fondly by friends and family as “Johnny”, age 70, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 27, 2013.
Johnny was born in Delaware City, Delaware on July 21, 1943, and was a son of the late John J. Curlett, Sr. and Helen Newcomb Curlett. He honorably served his country in the US Army, and was stationed in Germany for active duty. A skilled carpenter, Johnny made his career with the Finnegan Construction Company in Delaware City, where he worked for many years until his retirement.
He was a longtime parishioner of Holy Family R.C. Church in Newark. An avid card player, Johnny enjoyed games of poker and solitaire. He looked forward to having coffee every morning at Guilday’s Deli in Glasgow with his friends. Above all else, Johnny was a loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Stephen De Cheine, Donald Curlett, Robert Curlett, and Mark Curlett; and sisters, Diane Trice, Janet Ivry, and Denise Curlett. He is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Marlene F. Gentile Curlett; daughter, Nicole L. Carangi and husband Christopher of Newark, DE; sisters, Arlene Chisenhall of Delaware City, DE and Celine Wagner of Newark, DE; brother, Wayne Curlett of Hockessin, DE; grandson, Aidan Carangi; and nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12 Noon on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at the Holy Family R.C. Church, E. Chestnut Hill and Gender Roads, Newark, DE, where friends may call from 11 am until 12 Noon. Interment will follow in New St. Paul’s Cemetery, Delaware City, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read’s Way, Ste. 205, New Castle, DE.

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  1. Mary Curlett, November 30, 2013

    Marlene and Nicole I am so sorry, I know this hurts something terrible, this hurt is all part of loving and caring for someone that you deeply love. I know exactly what you are going through and my prayers are with you each and everyday. At least Donnie and Johnnie are together now with the rest of the family, probably planning some kind of mischief to get into. Stay strong.

  2. Linda Kotalik RN, December 1, 2013

    I only met John in his last days. He was kind and a man with respect for himself and his family. I know that he enjoyed having you all gathered and remembering the good times. I wish you all peace.

  3. Alison Aubrey, December 1, 2013

    I was so very sorry to learn of his passing. He was a good neighbor for many years; I enjoyed our short chats outside on nice days. May your family feel the healing grace of the Lord. God bless.

    • Laurie, August 28, 2016

      I don’t know if this will reach you Ali, but I am planning to attend our 40th reunion and wondered if you would come too?

  4. Dana Dunphy (Curlett), December 2, 2013

    So very sorry for your loss. I hadn’t seen Johnny in many years but always remember his positive attitude towards everything.

    Sending prayers to you and your family.

    Brian and Dana Dunphy (Curlett)

  5. Melissa, December 2, 2013

    Rest in Peace Uncle Johnny. You will be missed. Aunt Marlene & Nicole I am right here for you if you need anything at all . Love you both .


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