Loretta A. (Castaldi) Messick
Loretta A. (Castaldi) Messick, age 83, formerly of Monroe Avenue, Wilmington Manor, died December 16, 2021, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
Mrs. Messick was first and foremost a homemaker, raising her five children in Wilmington Manor. Her children grown, she worked and retired from New Castle County Parks & Recreation in 1998. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church for over 60 years, and was a former parishioner of St. Elizabeth Parish, Wilmington, and a graduate of its high school. Her yearbook stated, “Never a dull moment when Loretta is around.” Those words described her throughout her life.
Loretta was the daughter of the late Margaret and Frank Castaldi, who passed away in 1995.
Loretta is survived by her three sons, Frank (Terry), William, Jr. (Ruthie), Kevin (Sue); daughter, Sheryl Cook; son-in-law, Richard Pruett; eight grandchildren, Michael, Alina, Amanda, Anton, Krystina, Brian, Samantha, and Katie; and four great-grandchildren, Samantha, Mason, Gina, Sophia, and one “on the way, Charlotte”. She is also survived by her two brothers, Frank and Thomas Castaldi, who were devoted to her throughout her life, especially when she became a widow. “The best brothers a sister could have”. Also surviving her are sisters-in-law, Molly Drozdowski and Betty Messick, and brother-in-law, Harry Messick.
In addition to her parents, Loretta is predeceased by her husband, William C. (1989) and daughter, Sheila A. Messick Pruett (2011).
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 10:30 on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, 801 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE 19720, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am by her close family friend, The Rev. John J. Mink. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine. Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Loretta’s memory to Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, at the address listed above.