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1175 South State Street
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 734-2281
Fax: (302) 678-1176
Joanne Dell'Aquila

Joanne P Dell'Aquila (Puccio)

Thursday, August 17th, 1950 - Wednesday, November 18th, 2020
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Joanne P Dell’Aquila, of Dover, DE, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at Delaware Hospice in Milford, DE after a courageous battle with cancer. Her loving husband, Michael D Dell’Aquila, and son Anthony J Dell’Aquila were by her side.

In addition to her husband and son, Joanne is survived by her sister, Geraldine Puccio, of Philadelphia, daughter-in-law Mary Kathryn Dell’Aquila and beloved grandsons Anthony John (AJ) Dell’Aquila and Cason Michael Dell’Aquila of Wilmington, sisters-in-law Patricia Wenger of Philadelphia and Donna Livingston (Doc) of Ventnor, NJ. Joanne was predeceased by her parents, Anthony Mario Puccio and Elanor Incollingo Puccio, sister Maria “Re-Re” Schaffer, parents in-law Michael and Grace Dell’Aquila, and brother-in-law Harry Wenger.

Joanne went to Our Lady of Pompeii Grammar School, followed by Little Flower High School for Girls. Married in 1969 to Mike (Mickey) she went on an enviable adventure through his career with the United States Air Force. They first settled at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, then to Panama City, Florida at Tyndall AFB and Andrews AFB in Maryland. The next 3.5 years Joanne and Mike resided in Aviano, Italy, where they welcomed their son Anthony in 1977. In 1978, the family moved to Dover, Delaware (Dover AFB) where they have made their home together.

Joanne Dell’Aquila retired in March 2019 after 35 years working for the State of Delaware, specializing in influential programs for state child support and tobacco cessation.

She was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, and loved to talk football and once won a contest for having the best-decorated (Eagles) office. Joanne loved to cook, and every year her Christmas cookie assortment was revered by friends and family near and far.

Joanne will be especially missed by her “best-cutest-dog-in-the-world,” Bella.

In 2009, Joanne settled into what may have been her favorite role: Nonna. She was so proud of AJ and Cason, a fan of their sports, and a gracious guest at awards ceremonies. Joanne embraced being “la nonna,” emphasizing both the importance of family and her Italian heritage.

A visitation will be held 2pm until 4pm Sunday Nov. 22nd at the Funeral Home of Michael J. Ambruso, 1175 S. State St. Dover, De 19901. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 10:00 am Tuesday Nov. 24th with a visitation one hour prior at Maternity B.V.M. R.C. Church, 9220 Old Bustleton Ave, Phila., PA 19115. Interment will be in Holy Sepculchre Cemetery, 3301 W. Cheltenham Ave. Phila., PA 19150.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations made to the American Cancer Society in her honor.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Director, Inc.
    1175 S. State Street
    Dover, Delaware 19901
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
    Maternity B.V.M. R.C. Church
    9220 Old Bustleton Ave.
    Philadelphia, PA 19115
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  • Service

    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 10:00am
    Maternity B.V.M. R.C. Church
    9220 Old Bustleton Ave.
    Philadelphia, PA 19115
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  • Interment

    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 | 11:30am
    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 11:30am
    Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
    3301 W. Cheltenham Ave.
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19150
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Gail Dunkleberger

Posted at 07:11pm
I met Joanne through the 9th Squadron Wive’s Club in the 1980’s. She was kind, polite, and always dressed and accessorized beautifully. I want to send prayers for comfort to her husband, son, and all family and friends during this difficult time. Lifting Joanne up in prayer to rest eternally in our Father’s arms.
Gail Dunkleberger

Jean Petrucci

Posted at 10:45am
Our deepest condolences to Mike, Anthony, and family. May Joanne's love for you all help comfort each of you now.

With sympathy,

Jean and Dave Petrucci


The Vincent's, Camp's, Tootell's, Mullen's and Fen

Posted at 12:58pm
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Russ & Kathy Gray & Family

Posted at 03:48pm
To the Dell'Aquilla family, Please accept our sympathies on the loss of your wife & mom & nonna!
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