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Thomas J. Yannuzzi  

Thomas J. Yannuzzi

January 20, 1943 – March 17, 2017

Thomas J. Yannuzzi, age 74, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017.

Born in West Grove, PA on January 20, 1943, Thomas was the son of the late Anthony and Florence (Twelves) Yannuzzi. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army (Ft. Sill, OK) during the Vietnam War. A standout rifle expert, Thomas was promoted to buck sergeant after just two years of enlistment. Following his honorable discharge, he made his career as a production operator with Wawa at the company’s main plant in Wawa, PA.

Thomas was a man of great faith and devoted himself to the Lord. He cherished and adored his family, putting their needs first and foremost. Thomas was a passionate horseracing enthusiast, a hobby he enjoyed and shared with his brothers. He was a loving father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather and will be deeply missed by all.

In addition to his parents, Thomas was preceded in death by his siblings, Anthony, Robert, Joseph and Charles Yannuzzi and Elizabeth Boyce. He is survived by his beloved wife of 10 years, Margaret Ann (Cooper) Yannuzzi; children, Denice Baker (Stephen) of New Castle, Doreen DiEmidio of Wilmington, Diana DiEmidio of Middletown and Dawn Stone (Jeremiah); stepson, Michael Cooper (Kim); brother, Richard Yannuzzi; sisters, Mary Vitale, Gloria McGrath and Carol McLaughlin; grandchildren, Antonio, Cierra, Angela (Chase), Vinnie and Shelby; and great grandchildren, Makayla, Jordan, Mia and Colton.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 pm until 7 pm on Tuesday evening, March 21, 2017 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday morning, March 22, 2017 at the Faith Baptist Church, 4210 Limestone Rd, Wilmington, DE. Interment will follow in Cathedral Cemetery, 2400 Lancaster Ave., Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Red Cross,
100 W. 10 the St., Wilmington, DE 19801 or to the Shriners Hospitals for Children
Attn: Development Office, 3551 North Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140.

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  1. Jim Boyce, March 17, 2017

    Our condolences to you and your family. Tom will always be with you and his spirit will guide you.

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  2. Stephanie Luc, March 17, 2017

    You shared a love some will never experience on Earth. May God Bless you all in your time of need.

    Love you all

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  3. Erin Albert, March 17, 2017

    I am so sorry for your loss. Dawn, when your father came into the office last time, he was talking to me about his political views and I remember admiring him for speaking his beliefs and being so passionate about it. Although I only knew him for a short time, he was such a pleasure to speak to. I can tell that he touched so many lives. He had such a great personality. .. I remember thinking how he looks so much younger than he is. I just can’t believe it, and I’m so sorry. I just want you to know that I am so sad for you and I will continue to pray for healing of your heart and I will be thinking about you!!!

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  4. Mason Scott, March 17, 2017

    To the family of Thomas J. Yannuzzi, I am truly sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing God “is close to the brokenhearted.”(Psalms 34:18) With sympathy, Mason.

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  5. Sherry McLaughlin, March 17, 2017

    Dawn,
    God Bless you and your family and may he give you strength as you move forward. I hope you feel comfort in knowing how much he loved you and your kids. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love,
    Sherry

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  6. Betty Scheblo, March 18, 2017

    To a great man and friend. I have good memories of us having a lot of tea and talking a lot about life. You were so stubborn wandering why this one person was not in love with u it about drove me crazy but we turned it around and Jesus put the most lovely lady in ur life Margarate ur beautiful wife. See Tom all that bible study and our faith turn it around. You were so happy and so was me and Dawn. God Bless you will be soo missed but with Jesus and that’s the comfort of knowing your with the Lord.

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  7. Matthew Hansell, March 18, 2017

    God bless Tom

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  8. Shavon Frankhouser, March 18, 2017

    With a heavy heart I have to say good-bye to you, Uncle Tommy. You are gone but not forgotten. You had a huge heart loving everyone- family, friends and most importantly God. I think in that way you followed by his example. I hope he swung this pearly gates open embracing you and welcoming you home.

    I recall many a Sundays sitting on Pop-Pop Richie & Mom-Mom Marie’s porch with you sitting and talking or walking to the horse stables to feed the horses. You often, in a caring way, called me Doll or Honey telling me I reminded you of your beautiful Dawnie since we both had the Italian coloring.

    Lastly, I fondly look back on the last time I saw you and Margaret. You kindly wrote asking to see my boys Colt & Tate the next we were in PA because you loved them before you even met them. We spent a nice evening with you, my parents and grandparents. The boys loved the hats Margaret knitted, sitting on your lap and giggling at your jokes. Ironically I remember telling you I thought you looked good, healthy and happy which you were so happy to hear and agreed. I’ll cherish that visit.

    I pray God and you look down at Margaret & Dawn to give them strength during this difficult time. We love you and will miss you.

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    • Margaret, March 29, 2017

      Shavon,
      Your Uncle Tommy thought the world of you, but of course you knew that, because he never held back. He was so proud of how smart, lovely, mature, and kind- hearted you are. Mostly how much you love and care for your grandparents, his Brother Richie and Marie.
      Always remember how he loved to smell the babies heads, their laughter, and how bouncy they are ! That night gave him such joy!
      Be assured that he will be keeping a ” hedge of protection” around you, Rich, Colton and Tate from heaven.

      Yours in Christ.
      Aunt Margaret

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  9. Jim and Molly Cooper, March 18, 2017

    We are thinking of you dear Margaret together with Tom’s family and friends.

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  10. Toni moore, March 18, 2017

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

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  11. Bob and Barb Taylor, March 18, 2017

    Margaret, so sorry for your loss. He was an awesome person and a wonderful friend. He will truly be missed. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    With love and prayers,
    Bob and Barb Taylor

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    • Margaret, March 29, 2017

      Bob and Barbara,
      Tom counted you as his genuine friends, he could be himself and didn’t have to explain himself, because you’ve seen each others family through thick and thin, good times and sorrow.
      I pray that we will remain friends to support each other in our grief and to remember the happy times we had together.
      Didn’t matter is he saw you 5 years ago or 5 days he always was happy to see you, and picked up from there!
      He was the real deal and I am Blessed that he picked me over all the women that fell over him and there were lots!
      My only comfort is that I will see him again one day, just like it was yesterday.

      Yours in Christ,
      Margaret

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  12. Laura Bradley, March 21, 2017

    Dawn and Denice,

    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Tom and will keep you and your families in my prayers- especially today and tomorrow, since I cannot be there in person. There isn’t anything that I can say here to make it better, but Tom was a great man who from what I experienced in knowing him, put his love for his family and his devotion to God higher than anything. I know he’s in Heaven watching over you and your families.

    Love,
    Laura

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