Joseph Philip Mareno

Born May 13, 1931

Joseph Philip Mareno, age 83, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Thursday, August 28, 2014.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware on May 13, 1931, Joseph was the son of the late Frank Mareno and Antoinette DeThomas Mareno. He was a career electrician serving with the IBEW and retired after many years of dedicated service.

Active in his community, Joseph served as a past president for the Wilmington Manor Lions Club. He also gave of his time and talents as a volunteer for the Mancus Foundation and with Special Olympics of Delaware. In his leisure time, he enjoyed visiting the beach, fishing and traveling. A devoted and loving husband, Joseph shared 58 years of marriage with his beloved wife, best friend and partner in life, Rita. He was happiest in the company of his family and adored spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, George Marzi and a sister, Catherine Gliniak. Joseph is survived by his wife, Rita M. DiFabrizio Mareno; children, Joseph Mareno (Marguerite) of Newark, Julia A. Mareno of New Castle, Joan C. Mareno (Kristin) of National Park, NJ and Mario W. Mareno (Lisa Savage) of Middletown; sisters, Honey Manahan (Ronald) and Dorothy Holland (William); 10 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 1 pm on Wednesday afternoon, September 3, 2014, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 1 pm. Interment will be held privately.


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  • I will miss you Uncle Joe, i’m so happy we got back together again. I remember all the jokes you would tell us, I like the one about the cream fill donuts, just so we wouldn’t eat them you would make a smart remark about the cream coming out , and when we would make a face you would laugh and eat the donut. Thank you Aunt Rita for being a wonderful wife to my uncle, and a great aunt to us. love you, Kathleen

  • Joan and family, Our deepest sympathy go out to all of you for your loss. We will be keeping you all in our prayers for God to help you all get through this sorrowful time, but remember all the good times you had and keep those memories with you always…Love Norma and Rick

  • Heaven has a new Angel…he is dancing and smiling with all those who shared his life…You will always have a place in my heart Uncle Joe…Make sure Momie bakes a cake for you…xoxo

  • My heartfelt sympathy to the family. I am praying for strength and comfort!

  • Celebrate a wonderful life full of contributions and investment in people.

  • To my friend Joan and Kristin….when the one you love is taken from you it hurts so much I know.I only met you father 2 or 3 times ,but always he had a big smile on his face I can see it like it was yesterday. …I smile thinking of him ,he always had something funny to say ,you will miss him but you will have some of the best memories . My Love to your Mother she was the light of his life…God Bless her ..take care of her with all of your heart.
    Love Barb..

  • Joan and family ,so sorry you lost such a love in your life Your Father.He always brought a smile to my face…very nice man . You will have a lifetime of memories,give my regards to your Mother they were such a cute couple..that was a love story in its own.

  • My sincere condolences to Rita and family on Joe’s passing. I remember the times our families spent together from the NASCO days, to camping, and visits as we were growing up. Although years have passed since we were together, when I last saw you guys at my Mom’s services Joe flashed that smile of his and pleasant memories came back that were of great comfort during that difficult time. May you find peace and comfort in Joe’s memory; you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry for the loss of you grandfather, Mike. You & your family are in our prayers. Anne & Bill Giles

  • So sorry for he loss of your father, Mario. You and your family are in our thoughts & prayers. Anne & Bill Giles

  • Chris and Kristen, be proud of the love and care you gave your father and still continue for your mother and thankful for the wonderful years of love he gave you. Keep his smile in your hearts and his humor was passed down to you Chris. My thoughts are with you both and your entire wonderful family.

  • So Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and Prayers to family and friends.

  • I pray the Lord comforts you and carries you all through this sorrowful time…

  • Dear Mareno family, what do you say to honor such a man. I am so sad for your loss but think of the special life and family he created here on earth. It was my honor to know Joe. God Bless you.

  • Dear Rita and family,
    I am very sad hearing of Joe’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I often thought of Joe as a younger brother that I would have liked to have. I have fond memories of our good times together and will cherish them.
    With a heavy heart,
    Russ Fernandes, Sr.

  • Joe Mareno was the best brother a girl could ever have. I will miss him for the rest of my life. I loved him so very much.