Herta M. Dignan - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Herta M. Dignan

August 7, 1937 - December 29, 2023

Herta M. Dignan, age 86, of Newark, DE, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2023.

Born in Oldendorf, Germany on August 7, 1937, she was a daughter of the late Ludwig and Paula (Danger) Kramer. Herta worked as a shipping clerk at Avon for many years until her retirement.

Herta was an active and devoted member of the St. Margaret of Scotland church community. She dedicated much of her time to sewing, cooking, and baking for her family and friends whether it be at church, work, or for special events. Herta and her late husband Walt enjoyed traveling across the country in their RV and camping with their children and grandchildren. They also built a cabin in Pennsylvania with close friends, which provided them with so many lasting memories. Herta’s German heritage will forever live on through her loved ones and cherished friends both here and overseas. She will forever be in our hearts.

In addition to her parents, Herta was preceded in death by her husband, Walter J. Dignan; and daughter, Marlene H. Fiala. She is survived by her children, Michael W. Dignan of Wilmington, Ann M. Carpenter of Northeast, MD, and Steven G. Dignan (Debbie) of Lewes; son-in-law, Ted Fiala of Landenberg, PA; 11 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Friday, January 5, 2024, at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, 2431 Frazer Road, Newark, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am. A committal service will begin at 11 am on Monday, February 5, 2024, in the chapel of Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Herta’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market St., Suite 250, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or online by clicking here.


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8 Condolences for Herta M. Dignan

  • Sending our love to all the Dignan clan.

  • Dear Ann and family, so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • To all the Dignans. I am so very sorry for your loss. Your Mom was such a sweet lady that will always be remembered. I know the special angels above welcomed her with open arms. God Bless you all during this difficult time. Rest Easy Herta.


  • To Steven and Ann,
    Sorry for your loss of your mother. Cherish the moments you shared and reflect on all the wonderful things she taught you.

    Nancy Crawford (aka Bunny)

  • Liebe Ann,Mike und Steve,
    aufrichtiges Beileid zum Tode von Herta. Uns verband eine jahrelange Freundschaft mit Herta und wir werden sie nicht vergessen. Bei unseren Besuchen in der USA schätzten wir ihre Gastfreundschaft.
    Wir denken an Euch und fühlt Euch umarmt von Andreas und Anja aus Oldendorf.

  • Liebe Ann, Mike und Steve.
    Reinhard und ich waren sehr betroffen vom Tod Eurer lieben Mutter.
    Wir hatten mit Euren Eltern echte Freunde aus Amerika. Wir vermissen Beide sehr. Die Besuche in Deutschland / Oldendorf werden uns immer in Erinnerung bleiben. Auch ich war 4 mal bei Euren Eltern zu Gast,dass werde ich nie vergessen. Es war immer sehr sehr schön und auch von Euch Kindern wurde ich immer freundlich aufgenommen.
    Wir wünschen Euch für die Zukunft alles Gute und viel Kraft mit Gottes Hilfe.
    Reinhard & Marlies aus Oldendorf

  • Liebe Ann, lieber Mike und Steve
    mein herzliches Beileid zum Tod von Herta.
    Gerne denke ich an die wunderschönen Urlaube und Unternehmungen zurück.
    Ich hatte immer das Gefühl willkommen zu sein. Auch habe ich mich immer sehr gefreut wenn Herta und Walt uns in Deutschland besucht haben. Es war eine schöne Zeit.
    Ich wünsche euch viel Kraft und Gottes Segen.
    Martina aus Oldendorf

  • My sympathies to the Dignan family. I remember your mom as such a kind sweet lady.
    Paula Records Smith