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Philomena J. Trala

Died: 1/5/2011

Mrs. Philomena J. Trala, age 68, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2011, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

A native Delawarean, Phil was born in Wilmington on October 16, 1942, and was a member of the first graduating class of DeLaWarr High School in 1961. She chose the insurance industry for her professional career, retiring as a claims supervisor with Met Life in Newark. Following her retirement, she operated a loving day care center in her home for several years.

Phil enjoyed many hobbies throughout her life, including camping, browsing at garage sales, cooking, reading, and bowling. Known with great affection as the Grand Matriarch of her family, she delighted most of all in caring for and spending time with her beloved grandchildren, whom she happily helped raise.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph M. Vignola, Dorothy (McGowan) Vignola Mulshenock, and Richard Mulshenock. She is survived by her devoted husband of 48 years, Joseph J. Trala, Jr.; children, Joseph Trala III (Christine Caruso) of Middletown, Deborah Breen (Michael) of Middletown, and Richard Trala (Susan) of Newark; siblings, Joanne Klinefelter of Newark, Karen Lightfoot (Charles) of Bear, Mary Dych (Walter), Richard Mulshenock (Patricia), Colleen Clark (Allen), Martin Mulshenock, all of New Castle, and Dorothy Yanacek (Ronald) of Wilmington; and grandchildren, Joey, Alicia, Jordan, Mackenzie, Michael, Jimmy, Ashlee, and Hailee.

Visitation will be held from 7 pm to 9 pm on Monday, January 10th, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 am on Tuesday, January 11th at Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, 801 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle. Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Phil may be made to Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, c/o Christiana Care, P.O. Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899.

To sign guest book, visit SPICER-MULLIKIN FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORY 302-328-2213

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