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Adelaide Wise

Born March 24, 1926

Adelaide Wise, known fondly as Addie, age 88, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by her family on Wednesday, August 6, 2014.

Addie was born in Teramo, Italy on March 24, 1926, and was a daughter of the late Luigi DiMarco and Fedele Iovannoni DiMarco. She was a member of the graduating class of 1943 from Chester High School. In addition to being an exceptional homemaker, Addie worked as a receptionist at the former First Federal Savings and Loan Association in Wilmington.

She was a parishioner at Holy Spirit R.C. Church in New Castle for the past 48 years and was very active in the Sodality of the Blessed Mother, the parish council, choir and also volunteered her time and talents with the religious education program and as a parish lector. In her leisure time, Addie enjoyed gardening, painting, crocheting, various arts and crafts, sewing and doll making. She adored spending time with her beloved family, especially her grandchildren and will be greatly missed.

In addition to her parents, Addie was preceded in death by her husband, Putney A. Wise, who died in 1975 and a sister, Mary DiDomenico. She is survived by her 7 children, Patrice A. Wise and Christina M. Wise, both of Wilmington, Dale L. Devonshire (John) of Brockton, MA, Mark A. Wise (Patricia) of Wilmington, AnnMarie Messick (Christopher) of Newark, Jennifer L. Schwarz (Eric) of Mansfield, MA and Jonathan A. Wise (Janet) of Villanova, PA; sister, Angeline McNelly of Brookhaven, PA; and her 8 grandchildren, who were the light of her life, Kathryn, Benjamin, Victoria, Hannah, Sarah, Sophia, Amanda and Angelika.

The family wishes to offer their special thanks to Dr. Katherine Sahm, Dr. Linsey O’Donnell and her staff, Kathleen Lenderman, RN and the entire staff of NeuroCare for their kind and compassionate care during Addie’s illness.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Sunday evening, August 10, 2014 at the Holy Spirit R.C. Church, 12 Winder Road, Garfield Park, New Castle. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am on Monday morning, August 11, 2014, at the church. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Addie’s name may be made to the Holy Spirit R.C. Church, at the address listed above.


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  • Pat ,, Very sorry to read about your mom. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family

  • Ann Marie, Jenn, and Mrs. Wise’s entire family, I was sad to learn of the passing of your beloved mother, she was such a sweet and kind woman whom I remember fondly when Jennifer would come to my birthday parties in Jefferson Farms. She will now be an angel in heaven with many other loved souls including her husband. Prayer to all of you.

  • Hi Aunt Deel,
    Just wanted to tell you how much you are going to be missed. You were my Godmother and always made me feel special and loved. I’ll always remember all the festive times we shared as one big happy family after Sunday mass at Nana & Pop’s home in Chester with all our aunts/uncles and cousins. I always looked forward to receiving birthday cards from you because you always signed off with the phrase “God Bless”. Because you always wished God’s blessing on others, I know that He is now showering you with those same blessings in Heaven. Tell Uncle Bud that I said Hi.

    All my Love,

  • So sorry for the loss of Mrs Wise. Even in difficult circumstances, she always had the sweetest smile and a kind word for others. RIP

    Condolences in particular to Pat. You gave the most amazing example of quiet goodness and selflessness. May God bless you and comfort you at this sad time

  • Dear Patty, I do not know if you remember me from 15th street In Chester but I have fond memories of our childhood, playing at your house. Your mother was always welcoming & patient with us. I am so sorry for your loss. No doubt she is with the angels in heaven after all the good works she did in her lifetime. God bless you & your family Sincerely ,Angie Pellegrino Aminto.

  • Just wanted to say thank you for being there for me after the loss of my mom. Your kindness and words of wisdom helped so much. As you know, my mom loved you and your sisters and talking to you was like having a piece of her still with me. I know you were suffering and know you have found healing and peace in heaven. My condolences go out to your whole family. Thank you Aunt Angie for letting me know. I love you and will miss our talks. Georgie

  • Annmarie, Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Georgie
    Thank you for your kind words. She was indeed a very special lady who touched so many lives. I miss her terribly and feel so lost, I know you two developed a special bond after Aunt Jo died so you know what I mean when I say she was special. Call me sometime – 302-529-8688. Talk to you soon. Please keep her in your prayers.


  • Angie
    I most certainly remember you – you played such a part in my younger days. Thank you so much for your condolence. Mom was a special person who touched many lives and she always faced every ordeal and illness with a smile, dignity and courage. She is my hero and I was so lucky to have her for so long. Are you local? I would love to touch base with you sometime. You have my email address but my phone number is 302-529-8688. God bless you and your family.