Mrs. Helen Joyce Wiley Pellicciaro, age 85, of Newark, DE, died peacefully on Friday, September 23, 2011, at Christiana Hospital.
Born in Valliant, OK on November 13, 1925, Mrs. Pellicciaro was the daughter of the late Howard Wiley and Louise Rye. She grew up in Dierks, AK, where she was Valedictorian of her Dierks High School graduating class. During World War II she served as head of personnel at the Ordinance Depot in Texarkana where she met her husband-to-be Edward at a U.S.O. dance. Following the war they married and moved to Brooklyn, NY, and Joy was hired as head of personnel at Bloomingdales. In 1953 they moved to Newark where she was first and foremost a devoted mother and homemaker. She was an active P.T.A. member and a Den Mother for her sons Cub Scout troop. In addition, Joy worked for Newark Mayor Handloff, and served as an executive assistant for Delaware Governor Tribbett throughout his administration. She subsequently received a Masters Degree in Gerontology from the University of Delaware and worked as Long-term Care Ombudsman for the Delaware Division of Aging. In her later years she was active in several community organizations including the University of Delawares Academy of Lifelong Learning, and the Newark Senior Center where she especially loved the Scribblers writing group.
Her beloved husband of 58 years, UD professor Dr. Edward J. Pellicciaro, died in 2005. She is survived by her children, Karen Elena of New York City, Mark of Wilmington, and Richard Sr. of Newark; brother, Howard Wiley of Mena, AK, and sister Hazel Akimoto of Medford, MA; and grandchildren, Richard Jr., Julia Rose, and Nicholas.
A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced.
In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, Doctors Without Borders, The Council of Indian Nations, Operation Smile, and The Newark Senior Center of Newark, DE.