Delma F. Burgess - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Delma F. Burgess

Born December 28, 1927

Delma F. Burgess, age 89, proud resident of Jenner’s Pond in West Grove, PA, passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

Delma was born in Schenectady, NY on December 28, 1927, and was the daughter of the late H. Victor Frelick and Ruth (Scott) Frelick. She graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, married John S. Burgess, and dedicated herself to raising her three children. She also worked as a substitute teacher and a travel agent. Delma and John raised their family in Rome, NY, and also lived in the Netherlands for 5 years before eventually retiring to Delaware.

Active in her communities, Delma was a longtime member of the New Ark United Church of Christ, the Newark Senior Center, and the P.E.O. Sisterhood – an international women’s organization that provides educational opportunities for female students worldwide. She was a beloved mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and dear friend to many.

In addition to her parents, Delma was preceded in death by her husband, John S. Burgess; brother, Robert Frelick; and sister, Mary Tripp. She is survived by her children, Leslie Burgess (Serena), Michael Burgess (Marie), and Robert Burgess (Marsha); brothers, Douglas Frelick (Jen) and J. Paul Frelick (Ellenor); sister-in-law, Jane Frelick; grandsons, Christopher, Peter, and Zachary; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday afternoon, December 2, 2017, at New Ark United Church of Christ, 300 E. Main St., Newark, DE, 19711.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Delma’s memory may be made to the New Ark United Church of Christ at the address listed above.


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13 Condolences for Delma F. Burgess

  • A P.E.O. is family to all…….so very sorry for the loss of a loving ‘sister’ to Chapter Eternal.
    My condolences to the family of Delma. God’s Blessings.
    Lovingly in P.E.O.
    Karen D’Eramo, Ch. K, Past State President
    P.E.O. Sisterhood-Delaware

  • Delma was a long time friend we. admired and. loved, and now w send our love to her .family.

  • Delma was a genuinely lovely person. We shall miss her at Jenner’s Pond.

  • Thank you so much for your honoring of our mother.

  • Thank you Darlene and Russ. It means so much to hear from you. Love from our family!

  • My sincere condolences to the family. I was sorry to read of her passing. She gave us great support when we were young. And I will never forget her welcome when I visited your home in Den Haag.

  • Thank you.

  • Del was the wife of my cousin John. We have lovely memories of shared times here in Ireland and in US.She was a lovely person, warm and generous in spirit. My husband Mike and I will miss her very much.
    Our deepest condolences to Leslie,Mike,Bob and their families and to her three grandsons whom she adored.
    You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Aunt Delma was among the most thoughtful, considerate people I have ever known, always remembering our birthdays, anniversaries, sending get well wishes when sick. As she remembered and gave so much to others, she will be remembered with love and live on in the hearts of her family and friends. May her memory be a blessing to all who knew her, as it is to me. My thoughts and prayers are with her children and grandchildren.

  • Thank you for your lovely remembrance.

  • Thank you Sylvia. Love – Leslie

  • Thank you Helen. What wonderful words of remembrance. Love – Leslie

  • I already doubted for a while whether my dear friend Delma was still healthy, because she always gave an answer to my e-mails, except for the ones I sent her last year about my new address etc. I sent my season greetings to Jenner’s Pond with a heavy heart, and it was returned, saying Delma was unknown there. So I googled and found this orbituary, confirming my fears.
    In 2013 I was in the USA visiting a friend near Boston, and I was able to go to Jenner’s Pond to meet Delma. It was the second time we met after Delma and John left The Hague, where we were neighbours. All those years we stayed in touch with letters and later with e-mail. This time both Delma and I were widows. It was good catching up and Delma surely had not lost her interest in things going on in the outside world.
    Even with the ocean between us, Delma has been a dear friend to me all through the years. It is strange to realise that she is no longer with us. I think she will have said that she was moving to the next phase of life, as she said about John. And I know she will be welcomed in heaven, because she loved God and cared about people. I will miss her! And I know you, Leslie, Mike, Bob and families, will miss her too. My sincere condolances to you. With love, Willie