Mary Ciarrocchi

March 23, 1928 - February 23, 2020 Wilmington, DE | Age 91

Mary Branella Ciarrocchi, a loving matriarch and devoted sister and friend, died early Sunday, February 23, 2020 at the age of 91, at Stonegates, in Wilmington, Delaware.

Born in Coatesville, PA, Chester County, she dedicated her life to her late husband, Charles J. Ciarrocchi, Sr., and devoted her faith-filled energies to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary was a proud graduate of Scott High School in Coatesville. She worked as a stenographer at Coatesville Hospital, accompanying doctors on their rounds, eager to learn all she could about medicine. Music became a centerpiece of her life, singing with a regional choral group, where she was eager to use her alto voice to harmonize any melody.

When she married Charles J. Ciarrocchi in September,1950, her life pivoted to Toughkenamon and Kennett Square, where she became an active member of St. Patrick’s Church. Chairing the annual dinner dance fund-raisers, and helping to edit the St. Patrick’s Cook Book used her creativity to generously help the faith community she belonged to for 63 years.

She also learned to play golf, because then, she could share in her husband’s greatest passion, outside of his family.

Mary leaves her family a legacy of unwaivering faith in God, generosity, humility and love.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Ciarrocchi Fineman (David) of Merion Station, PA, her two sons, Charles J. Ciarrocchi, Jr. (Diane) of Wilmington, DE and James J. Ciarrocchi (Margarita) of Chadds Ford, PA and her twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends starting at 9:30 A.M on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 901 North DuPont Street, Wilmington, DE, with a Funeral Mass celebrated at Noon.

Entombment will be private at Cathedral Cemetery, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, the Ciarrocchi family requests donations to the Ministry of Caring, Wilmington, DE. There is more information at the Ministry of Caring website,

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February 29, 2020 9:30 AM - 12 Noon St. Anthony of Padua, 901 North DuPont Street, Wilmington, DE 19805

Mass of Christian Burial

February 29, 2020 12 Noon St. Anthony of Padua, 901 North DuPont Street, Wilmington, DE 19805


  1. My Condolences, she was such Lovely woman.

    Mary McConnell | February 28, 2020 at 10:51 PM
  2. Dear Jamie, Patty and Chuck,

    Your Mom was an everlasting source of kindness and generosity.
    Whenever I left your house it was with a hug, a smile and a bag of wonderful delicacies that I guarded very closely.
    Your Mom was simply an angel.
    Kevin and the Johnsons

    Kevin Kohnson | February 28, 2020 at 8:17 PM
  3. Pat, Chuck and Jamie: Your Mother and Father were always so nice to me when I visited in Avalon or Kennett Square.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all! RIP Mrs. C and Mr. C! Love, Phil and Mary Matalucci

    Phil Matalucci | February 28, 2020 at 1:27 AM
  4. Dear Pat, I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Keeping you and your family in my prayers💖
    Maryann Raffa

    Maryann Raffa | February 27, 2020 at 9:52 PM
  5. May God bless her sweet soul
    Rest In Peace
    I truly enjoyed seeing you as my patient
    You are like a rare diamond

    Dr Shahla

    Dr shahla | February 27, 2020 at 9:20 PM
  6. So sorry for the lost of Mom, she was a lovely lady. Always a smile and the time to say hello when visiting Dad. They are together now. She will be missed. All of your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this painfully time.
    May his peace encircle your family,enduring peace and hope, God Bless

    Jimmy McLaughlin, cathedral cemetery Retired. | February 27, 2020 at 4:02 PM
  7. Jamie, Patty & Chuck,
    We’re so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. You have our sincerest condolences. I have nothing but great memories of your Mom & Dad back to the Kaolin days on Sharp Road. May God bless you and your families.
    Rich & Terry Crossan

    Richard Crossan | February 27, 2020 at 8:46 AM

    NANCY. PITCHERELLA | February 26, 2020 at 11:34 PM
  9. Dear Pat and family,
    I am so sorry about the death of your lovely mom, but I am glad she is finally at peace. Love and prayers.

    Kathryn Quigley | February 26, 2020 at 10:14 PM
  10. So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing my sister Joy and I worked for Mary and Charlie as helpers in her house she and her husband where so nice to us and I know there together with our lord now Gods blessings to Patty Chuck and Jamie

    Linda Minckler | February 25, 2020 at 8:54 PM
  11. Mary’s loving, faith-filled spirit will live on in her beloved children & grandchildren & great grandchildren, as well as all of us lucky enough to know & love (& be loved by) her 💖✝️…
    My heart smiles knowing that she is finally reunited with her beloved Charles in heaven with our God… May you feel her/their joyous Love shining down on you all whenever you need it the most 😇😇…
    Pax vobiscum ☮️ xo

    Parran Susie | February 25, 2020 at 5:32 PM
  12. My Dear Patty and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. No matter what the situation, we are never ready to part with our Mothers.
    My prayers for your Dear Sweet Mom for her rest, and for you, that God will give you the courage to bear this great burden.
    Sincerest Sympathy, Patsy

    Patsy Vanderkraats | February 25, 2020 at 3:06 PM
  13. Danny, the girls and myself are thinking of your family at this time. We will keep you in our prayers. With much Love. Aunt Mary was a wonderful woman with total class and style. She will be forever in our hearts.

    Dawn Ciarrocchi | February 25, 2020 at 1:52 PM

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