Veronica M. “Ronnie” Williamson
December 26, 1940 - March 29, 2022
Veronica M. “Ronnie” Williamson, age 81, of Newark, Delaware, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.
Born in Bayonne, New Jersey on December 26, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Luke J. and Mary E. Mahoney. Known fondly as “Ronnie” she grew up in Bayonne until 1957 when she and her family moved to Newark, Delaware.
Ronnie worked at Newark High School as a Senior Secretary to the Principal, retiring in 2006 after 37 years of service with the Christina School District. She was a true asset to the daily operations of the school, and the staff. Ronnie was an invaluable resource to the school for many years even after her retirement.
Ronnie was a vivacious and adventurous woman who was loved and admired by so many. She enjoyed traveling the globe with her husband, Fred, and following her favorite band, The Four Freshman around the U.S. Ronnie and her family enjoyed vacationing in the Outer Banks for over a quarter of a century. Many of her travels were with her Newark High School faculty and students on class trips around the U.S.
She was very active within her community as a member of the Brookside Lions Club for 20 years providing meals year-round especially during the holidays for the less fortunate and those who had no family.
In addition to her parents, Ronnie was preceded in death by her sisters, Elizabeth Ann Mahoney and Rita Norris. Ronnie is survived by her loving husband, Frederick “Pete” Williamson Jr., they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary; beloved children, Peter (Sandra) and Patti Samluk (Jeff); sisters, Sarah Boyle of Macungie, PA and Mary Agnes Donaldson of Millsboro; four grandchildren, Matthew Engelhardt (Katie), Holly Aschendorf (Philip), Peter Williamson Jr. (Alanna) and Robert Williamson (Lindsay) to include Jacqueline, Dylan and Zachary Samluk; and seven great grandchildren, all of whom she adored.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 15 Gender Road, Newark, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am. Interment will be held privately in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ronnie’s memory to the Brookside Lions Club, 390 E. Chestnut Hill Road, Newark, DE 19713.
44 Condolences for Veronica M. “Ronnie” Williamson
Dear Fred, Patty, Pete and Family,
It is hard to say much of anything right now; However, as the shock wares-off, you can look at this amazing Wife, Mother, Work Partner, and Friend that spelled-out just who Ronnie was to many of us…..Then sprinkle-in kindness, sensitivity, caring, smiles, and a genuine concern for all around her..And you have a wonderful person who shared her life with all of us. If there is anything that we can do for you, we are here.
Ann and Wayne Hill (Newark High School)
Walter & Sharon Donaldson
Our deepest condolences go out to Freddy, Pete, Patti and your families. Aunt Ronnie and all of you are in our daily thoughts and prayers. She was a wonderful loving woman who supported Sharon and I in many ways over the past 41 years of our marriage. We are eternally thankful and will always have fond loving memories of Ronnie. May she Rest In Peace.
Walter & Sharon Donaldson
Pete and Sandy and family I am so sorry for your loss of your mother. She is now walking on streets of gold. She will always be with you. Pete you will always see her every time you take your runs on the beach and look up and see those beautiful skys! I know she was a beautiful woman because you she raised a perfect gentleman who raised perfect gentleman, and the list will go on. May the Lord comfort you at your time of sorrow. Pam Siegel and family ❤️
Hard to believe that your family and the world has lost someone with so much lively energy and such a kind and giving spirit. May she rest in heaven with the Lord and watch over us in death as she watched over us in life. Special condolences to Fred and the rest of her family.
What can I say? She relinquished her senior secretary’s position at NHS to me when she retired. I enjoyed working with her at NHS. The fun, the hard work and the laughs will always be memorable!! Rest well Ronnie
My deepest condolences to Fred and the family. I am saddened to read of your sorrow about Ronnie, I will miss seeing her smiling face in the salon . I feel like she was an aunt to me doing her hair for 45 years… RIP Ronnie 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻💔
Anita L Dauphin
Dear Fred and Family,
I am so sad to learn of Ronnie’s death. There are so many memories of and fun times with Ronnie that will always be in my heart. She is at peace now with God in heaven.
Anita L Dauphin
Carol Smith Kidwell
Ronnie was always friendly, never to busy to stop and say hello. So sorry for her loss. Prayers for all.
What a wonderful lady! We will miss her smile and caring ways. Ronnie was always welcoming at the Lions Club meetings and we appreciated her kindness.
Jodie and Rick Gwinn
As teachers at Newark High School we will always remember and be forever grateful for Ronnie’s smiling face, kindness, willingness to help and enthusiasm for all things Newark High School. The world has lost one very special woman.
I am so sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. She was a wonderful co-worker and friend and will be greatly missed.
I am sorry I will not be able to attend the visitation; I facilitate a women’s Bible Study group on Wednesday mornings. Know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Fred, the world is a little dimmer without the light that Ronnie shone on all of us. Prayers for you and your family.
I’m so sorry for the loss of your precious Ronnie. She was an incredible person! Prayers for her family. Love you all!! Linda, Carol and Stan Bak
To the family your mother what is a great woman I learned a lot from her when I worked at Newark High School
My prayers is with the family Ronnie was a beautiful person unfortunately I will not be able to attend the services because of another service I have to attend but you will continually be in my prayers and in my thoughts God bless you and keep you in the hollow of his hand
mary lee phillips
Fred, I am so sorry to hear of this smiling angel’s passing. Ronnie was truly a great person, friend and Lion. I will miss seeing her at events around the district. Please know I am away or I would be there to give you a hug in person. Accept this as a ”HUG” until we meet again.
I am so sad to hear about Ronnie. She was such a wonderful person. My heart breaks for Fred and the family.
REGINA & BRIAN PATTERSON
To Patti, Jeff, Matthew, Holly and your entire family, our family offer our sincere condolences for the loss of Miss Ronnie a beautiful woman we’ve known for over 20 years. We pray for your comfort as you mourn her. We love you.
Roy and Barbara Palo
Our deepest sympathy 🙏 to the Williamson family on the loss of Lion “Ronnie “. She was a dedicated and loved person.
Jeffrey & Helayne Goldstein
Dear Peter and Sandy,
To say that we were stunned by the text from Maria about your mothers’ passing wouldn’t accurately decide our shock. We never had the pleasure of meeting her, but I knew that she and your dad, produced an outstanding human being, Pete. After reading mom’s obituary, it just confirmed she was a remarkable woman. I am truly sorry that we will never have the opportunity to meet her. I believe that most religions tell us our love ones live on, as long as we keep them in our hearts, thoughts and prayers, everyday. Peter, just continue to be the man you are and your mom’s spirit will live on. Offering our deepest condolences to the Williamson family and please give Sandy a hug from us.
Dr. Jeff & Helayne Goldstein
Valerie A Gray
Words cannot express the sadness I feel of the passing of Ronnie. She was one of the most caring, thoughtful and helpful people I’ve had the privilege to know. Ronnie was the heart and sole of Newark High School and will be dearly missed by all who knew her there. My deepest sympathy goes out To Fred, Peter and Patti and all her loving family. I have so many wonderful memories of Ronnie including our catch up lunches at the Irish Pub. I will miss you.
To Fred and family: Our prayers are with you during this time of loss. I enjoyed my time at Newark High School working with Ronnie every day. She loved going on the band trips. She was always positive and I will miss her smile.
May God give you peace and comfort.
She was a wonderful, kind person.
Sending my prayers
Jim & Wynne Donovan
We are shocked and deeply saddened by this most tragic news. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Ronnie was loved by so many and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. So sorry we cannot be there for you. Love to all, Jimmy & Wynne Donovan.
Everyone will miss her bright smile and outgoing personality.
Ronnie will always bring me great joy when I think of her love of life, travel, family, community and laughter. How many people she touched in her life…..she is truly the proverbial ripple in the pond. What an amazing legacy! 🤟🏻
My condolences to you and your family. You all will be in my prayers.
Deepest condolences to her family. Ronnie was a beautiful person that help me at Newark High in my position as School Psychologist. She always offered assistance and compassion in her duties. So many wonderful memories ❤️
Sorry for your loss! Ronnie was one of the first people that I met when I arrived at NHS! She was tough and nails but so caring and loving! Prayers for your family! God bless and may you Rest In Peace.
So, so sorry. It was a privilege to have known her. She touched so many lives; both adults and children.
I’m Marty Powell’s daughter. I was so sorry to see this. I’ll let my Mom know.
The Williamson and Mahoney families are in our thoughts and prayers as they mourn the passing of Ronnie. She was incredible member of a wonderful family.
May she rest in peace.
The McDerby Family
I’m so sorry for your loss. I worked at Newark high school when she was John’s secretary. SHe took care of Everything and Ronnie was especially helpful to me we’ve when I joined the NHS family. She loved her kids and her grands. She was at a WW meeting on Friday and we all wished her a safe and wonderful vacation. We’ve known each other for over 40 years. I will miss her. It was so sudden. My thoughts are with you.
Dear Fred, Patti & Peter and family, I will never forget your Mom, to know “Ronnie” is to Love Ronnie. She was full of life and always ready to lend a helping hand. We always knew it was break time when she would say “Time for a cup of Tea”. So thankful she was a part of my life, I will cherish the memories we made. My deepest condolences to all of you.
Hugs, Karen Bandosz
Ronnie was a great friend and a wonderful person. We shared so many moments together. She will be greatly missed.
My deepest condolences, Fred. I never knew your wife but I can imagine that she was as wonderful a person as you are and that you inspired each other to accomplish everything you have done for your family and for others.
Philip and I are sending our condolences to you Patti and your dear family…we will surely keep you all in our prayers.
She was one fine lady, and a delight to work with for the 30 years that I was at Newark High School. Rest in Peace my friend.
My deepest condolences to Fred and the whole family. I thought of Ronnie like a mother. She was always taking care of me when I worked at Newark High. She was a wonderful person. She had a heart of gold and was always there for anyone who needed her. She will be missed. Ronnie had a way of turning a bad day into a great one when you talked to her. My heart goes out to her loved one and if anyone needs anything please don’t hesitate to reach out. RIP Ronnie.
My deepest condolences to Fred and family. Ronnie was a wonderful friend and I will hold so many fond memories in my heart. Truly sorry I couldn’t be at the service because I am out of town. Sending hugs. Take one day at a time and cherish on the memories.
Carolyn Buckworth Temple
I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. I always looked forward to seeing you and Ronnie at our class reunions and, of course, I have so many fond memories of double dating with you two back in 1957 when you were in the 10th grade and Ronnie and I were in the 12th grade. Boy we caused a lot of scandals back then with us dating underclassmen which was unheard of back in those days. I hope to see you again if we have anymore class reunions and I am able to come. I didn’t know any of your children but my condolences go out to them also.
Dear Fred and Family,
Every time I saw Ronnie, she was always smiling, friendly and reaching out to all to make them feel welcome. Having seen Fred and Ronnie together, you could tell she just adored Fred! She was so supportive of all the tremendous service to the community- the Newark Lions Club, Lions of Ďelmarva, the Hearing Loss Association of Delaware, the Delaware school for the Deaf, veterans and more. Ronnie & Fred were perfectly matched! May God be with you Fred and may Ronnie rest in eternal peace knowing she lived a wonderful life of love and service!!
Ronnie’s morning “hello” started most of my days as a young Newark High teacher. Ronnie solved a universe of problems and challenges for administration, faculty, and students at NHS. She was the talented, indispensible person who helped keep the school running smoothly. And she did all this with grace, a warm and friendly personality, and an ever-present smile. She was tops in her field.
My most heartfelt condolences to Ronnie’s family and friends. I was very saddened to hear about your loss.
Dennis Marshallsea and family
God of love and mercy embrace all those who’s hearts today overflow with grief, unanswered questions and sense of loss. Grant them peace during this time and may they indulge in all of the beautiful memories that they share.
It was a pleasure growing up with the Williamson family. They were wonderful to know and be around. Growing up Pete and Patty were always responsible, fun and caring. A tribute to their parents,