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Andrew Fontello

January 16, 1928 - October 31, 2019

          Andrew Fontello, age 91, a lifelong resident of DE, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 31, 2019, surrounded by his loving children.

          Born in Wilmington, DE on January 16, 1928, he was a son of the late Anthony and Lena (LaMonica) Fontello.  Andrew proudly served his country during WWII in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Proteus, which was a Fulton-class submarine tender for the Navy.  He dedicated 38 years of employment with General Motors.

          Andrew and Audrey grew up together and enjoyed 58 wonderful years of marriage.  Following retirement, he and Audrey enjoyed creating and painting wooden crafts, where they became well known in the local arts and crafts community.  Together, they enjoyed many trips to Lancaster.  Andrew will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather, who enjoyed hearing stories of how his grandchildren and great grandchildren were doing as they grew up.  This was always a quick way to put a smile on his face.

          In addition to his parents, Andrew was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey A. (Lander) Fontello; and siblings, Dominic Fontello, Lucy Lestardo, James Fontello and Mary Cassetta.  He is survived by his children, Linda Fontello, Karen Thomas (David), Cathy Fontello and Michael Fontello; grandchildren, Michelle Parke (Andrew), David Thomas II and Michael Fontello, Jr. (Nicole); and great grandchildren, Bryce Thomas, Alex Parke, Leah Thomas and Adam Parke.

          A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at Holy Spirit R.C. Church, 12 Winder Road, New Castle, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am.  Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Andrew’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Ste. 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

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10 Guestbook messages for Andrew Fontello

  • Rest easy my wonderful handsome Uncle, You will be missed, but I do know you are happy! Love always! Oxoxoxox

  • One sweet uncle. Always in my heart ❤️

  • We were very sorry to learn of Mr. Fontello’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.

  • Mike, My condolences to you and your family. Sorry for your loss. I’m overseas, but wanted you to know your in my thoughts. 656

  • Michael and Family:

    I am so very sorry to hear about the your Dad passing. Deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Maria Gagnon

  • Karen & Linda and family: My heart goes out to you. Your parents were just the kindest people I’ve ever met and my life was much better from having known them. You’re all in my prayers and thoughts as you go through the next several months. May God carry you through the rough times and give you His love & peace. It’s hard to lose them, but glad they are both together now. God bless.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the Fontello family at the passing of your dear father. I saw Uncle Andy only a couple times but could see he is a sweet man who truly loves his family. He will be missed by so many who love him.

  • Hi Linda, Karen, Cathy and Michael! I’m so sorry about your Dads passing. It is truly the end of an era. His was “the Greatest Generation”. And I’m truly sorry I did not know anything about when your mother passed. You all were always wonderful neighbors and best childhood friends. Butch and I seriously enjoyed seeing you all this morning. I will make sure Dickie sees everything as well. When you get around to it, please email the picture of all of us. I didn’t mean to seem insensitive by asking for a picture of the Lea Road gang at your Dads service, but it seemed like the only chance to do so. Be well, choose contentment everyday (you can), and may God bless you all! Fondly, Connie Ring Ceban @ wingo4c@msn.com. I’m on Facebook too, but, I must warn ya…in my golden years 😂, I’ve become veerrryyyy passionate about my faith and the political state of our country! No, really. So if you have different opinions, it’s all good, I completely understand 😂☺️

  • Such a beautiful family. You are blessed to have your parents here with you this long. I have missed out so much over the decades but still hold the most important blessing which is LOVE. XOXO. God Bless us all. LOVE , Butch

  • Karen, Thinking of you with… Deepest Sympathy. May God comfort you with his word Psalm 23. Sorry we were unable to attend your Father’s
    service. Prayerfully yours,
    Love, Janet and David