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Julia Rydel

November 15, 1929 - April 18, 2020

Julia Rydel, age 90, of Middletown, DE, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 18, 2020, surrounded by her family.

Born in Wilmington, DE on November 15, 1929, she was a daughter of the late Clifford A. and Mary (Malloy) Stierle. Julia, also known as “Jule”, “Tootsie”, and “Mom Mom”, lived and worked most of her life Wilmington. She was employed at the Diamond State (Bell) Telephone Company for over thirty years where she started as an operator and retired as a supervisor in 1979. She married her childhood sweetheart, Stanley, in 1949, at St. Elizabeth’s Church. They made their home on Linden Street, where they were active in St. Hedwig Church, had a daughter and a son, and were together for 58 years before he passed away. Julia was best known for her sewing abilities. Over the years, she touched many lives by making special outfits for her family for proms, christenings, maternity clothes, and even Halloween costumes. She loved reading James Patterson novels, crocheting, and making themed quilts for all the grandkids. In her later years and all the way up to the week she passed away, she enjoyed coloring the designs in her coloring books. She kept everyone busy looking for new themes and designs for her to color.  Julia will be missed by everyone who’s life she touched.

In addition to her parents, Julia was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley P. Rydel, Jr.; daughter, Sandra Rydel; brothers, Clifford “Buddy” Stierle Jr. and James Stierle; and sisters, Marjorie Sheubrooks and Eleanor Jordan. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her son, Paul Rydel (Angela); granddaughters, Michele Meadows (Albert), Tiffany Faraone and Taylor Rydel; great-grandchilden, Nicholas, Brooke, Mason and Ally Meadows and Ashley McBride; two great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

All services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Julia’s memory to Compassionate Care Hospice, 405 East Marsh Lane #4, Newport, DE 19804. Without her caregivers from Compassionate Care, Beth and Katrina, we would not have gotten through the last six months; for that, we cannot thank them enough.

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  • Sending My deepest condolences. Praying that Gods peace is bestowed upon you and your entire family.

  • Aunt Jules will always have a special place in my heart. Her memory will will be with me forever. Thank you Aunt Jules for being there for me when I needed you the most.

  • Thinking of all of you during this time. So many memories with Aunt Julie. Love you all.
    Casey

  • Tootsie was like a sister to me rather than my aunt. She live with me, my mother, my father and my grandmother until she married Stanley. She taught me how to dance, especially the jitterbug. Then I taught my brother how to jitterbug. So if it wasn’t for her my brother would have never danced. I also remember all the good times we had at her place at the beach – getting crabs, eating Pringles, and just having fun. She was my maid of honor and my first born Lisa’s Godmother. I also remember she would sit in a chair and twist her hair around her finger. I guess that is where I learn this habit from because I do the same, even to this day. My sincere condolences go out to Paul, Michelle, and Tiffany as I know they will truly miss her as will I. I am deeply saddened that I will not be able to attend the viewing/funeral and say my goodbye to her properly due to COVID-19.
    Much Love,
    Judy

  • Michelle and Paul, my deepest condolences to your both. Panie Julie, as she will always be to me, was a wonderful loving neighbor, What a lovely neighborhood to have grown up in. I can still see your Mom, Paul, and mine talking to one another over the fences. Praying for both of you at this time.

  • Aunt Tootsie is what I called her. She was so much fun and always accepting of others. My deepest sympathy go to Paul and Michelle (and to her great grandchildren) as I know she was the center of your world. Such a sad time that unfortunately we as a family cannot come together to grieve. Please know that she (as well as those who she left here on earth) are in my prayers that she is now reunited with Uncle Stanley and Sandy. She will be truly missed. Love Always, Deanna

  • Dear Michelle, I was so sorry to hear of your Grandmother’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. With all our love, Charlie and Barbara. My Donna always called her Mom-Mom whenever she talked to me about her. She will
    always be missed.

  • Paul, Michele, Tiffany & family – thinking of you all during this difficult time. We loved mom mom too…so many memories & funny stories. You know I would be there but can’t due to COVID rules. Michele, I remember when mom mom was watching TV downstairs once & you asked her what she was watching. She said “I’m waiting for this commercial to come back on again so I can order the Tupperware with the built in lids!” You laughed & told her she didn’t need to ‘wait’ for the commercial to come back on & you could just go online and order them. But she didn’t believe you! 😂 She said “I’ll just wait, it will come back on again soon”:) Love her! XoXo

  • To Paul and Rydel family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    May she rest in peace.