Patricia Ann "Patti" Sterling - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Patricia Ann “Patti” Sterling

September 3, 1960 - October 25, 2021

          Patricia Ann “Patti” Sterling, age 61, of New Castle, DE, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 25, 2021.

          Born in Wilmington, DE, on September 3, 1960, she was a daughter of the late George and Peggy (Oakes) Sterling. Patti graduated from William Penn High School. Following graduation, she started her 40-year career at the Delaware City Refinery, where she worked in many positions over the years.

          Patti was a dedicated member of St. Anthony’s Club, Delaware City Recreation Club, and a former member of Terrance Athletic Club. She enjoyed cooking and always shared her delicious meals with her colleagues.

          In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Sterling. Patti is survived by her siblings, Georgette Borrelli (Frank), William Sterling (Diane), Robert Sterling (Tamara), Lawrence Sterling, Teresa Johnston (Dennis), Christine Sterling (Frank), Gregory Sterling (Tiffany) and Michael Sterling (Susanne); dear friend who was like family, Sharon Sutton; numerous nieces and nephews; her beloved four-legged companion, Cole; and many dear friends.

          A visitation will be held from 2 pm until 4 pm on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine per the Governor of Delaware. Interment will be held privately.  


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21 Condolences for Patricia Ann “Patti” Sterling

  • Patti you will severely missed here at the Delaware City Refinery. Many years spent and the memories made you wont be forgotten.

  • She was hard and tuff (she put on) but was kind and caring and fun she will be missed by many

  • Patti it was privilege working with you, you will be missed, R. I.P. God Bless

  • Patti I will miss you. Whatever I say you already know.

  • Patty we had a lot of good times you will sure be missed RIP

  • Patti, You are missed by so many here at the refinery. I will miss the laughs and conversations we had many times. We all send our prayers to you and your family. Rest easy.

  • Terri, Greg and Mike…so sorry to hear about thoughts and prayers are with all of you 💔🙏

  • Patty, you will be missed by everyone who met you……Working for almost 8 years alongside
    you , I know you acted tough, but were a very caring person……and a great cook….R I P

  • It’s been a hell of a ride since I meet you at Del City crude unit control room telling me to “get out” to filling in for you as the clerk and trying to figure out this “SchedulePro” nonsense. Such a tough ass lady with an absolute heart of gold. While my shins may not always miss you, I certainly will. God bless.

  • Patti you will be missed by many, nothing I can say here will change the fact you are no longer with us.
    I hope you have the peace you looked for for so hard while you were here with us, I will miss you, from the heart.

  • To the Sterling family,
    My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire family for the loss of Patty.

  • Patti, You are missed, we had some great times working together for over 33 years….. RIP !

  • Still finding it difficult to believe your gone! You were a big part of my life growing up.. you always looked out for me! I will miss you.. and think of you always! I love ya.. rest easy!

  • ruff tuff cream puff, never saw anyone to try and be so tuff but yet have a heart of gold ,save a seat up there for me kid…

  • Patti was more than a client…she became a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with the family . May Patti rest in peace.

  • you were one of the good ones, your sense of humor to me was spot on, loved the conversation. God Bless

  • Patti, Known and Loved by so many here at the refinery. You will be missed. Although we had only few years with you in the warehouse group, we saw you give your best every day. And yes, you did treat us to your great cooking.

  • Patti
    Thank You for all the snacks and meals down on the unit back when.
    Miss you already here at the copier. PM

  • My deepest condolences to the entire Sterling family.

    when I first met Patti she was an A operator at the Crude Unit, she was always willing to help and share her knowledge. She didn’t mind preparing an occasional meal for her crew, which was always an enjoyable experience.
    Patti will be missed and remembered by so many.

  • I had the absolute pleasure of working with Patti for about 39 years most of them at the crude unit. Like so many people said Patti was a tough woman but inside she had the heart of gold, and would help anyone that needed help. I had the pleasure of knowing Patti’s sister Terrie and her brother Larry. I remember our talks many days and Patti told me about her life growing up in Delaware City. Just recently my wife had fun talking to Patti at the crab feast.
    I love you Patti and I will miss you very much.
    I know you are at rest in your heavenly reward, you fought the good fight and you won the race. I look forward to the day we will meet again.
    To the Sterling family, our deepest sympathy.
    Rest in peace dear friend.
    Nerie and Joe Subach

  • To the whole Sterling family, I am truly sorry for your loss. Patti started out as a new client to me. She scared the tar out of me at first ( “she told me “If you f#*k up my hair I’ll kick your a$$” )but quickly showed her true heart and became a great friend. I’m really going to miss all of our laughs, talking about food and your dog. I am truly going to miss you Patti 💕