302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

Ernest J. (Ernie) Mammarella

After a brief battle with cancer, Ernest J. Mammarella, 92, passed away Aug. 3, 2019, at home, surrounded by family.

Ernie was born in Wilmington, Del., in 1926 and graduated from Wilmington High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in 1947 and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Delaware in 1952.

He was the beloved husband of 40 years to the late Mary T. (Vincenti) of West Grove, Pa., whom he married in 1950. He lived in Wilmington almost his whole life, until moving in with his son Ron and daughter-in-law Lorrie in Palatine.

Ernie worked for 30 years at the DuPont Co., where he was a General Services Department manager. He retired in 1981.

He was compassionate, generous and kind. Often he passed along wisdom by saying “take it easy” or “rest.” He was a devoted family man who will be greatly missed and whose greatest pleasure was loving his wife, keeping a balanced lifestyle and sharing his wisdom with his children and grandchildren. He took great pride in watching them grow into successful adults.

For 20 years he volunteered at Hagley. He enjoyed playing bridge, poker and pinochle; dancing; bowling; and spending time with family and friends. Even in his 90s, he played on the floor with his great-grandchildren. Family visits to him often included a visit to more relatives in Bethany Beach, long conversations, Capriotti’s subs, the Grand East Buffet, a pink ham and the Booths Corner Farmers Market.

Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, Dominick and Margaret, his wife Mary, and brother Ray. He is survived by sons Bob (Randa) of Greer, S.C.; Tom (Barbara) of Newark, Del.; Ron (Lorrie) of Palatine; and Ken of Wilmington; his brother Bill (Shirley) of Bethany Beach, Del.; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services

Viewing will be 10-11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 7 Sharpley Road, Wilmington. Mass will be at 11, with entombment immediately following at Cathedral Cemetery in Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Masses be said in his memory.


    Richard Vintigni writes,
    My condolences to the Mammarella family. I worked with Ernie as a young man at DuPont in GSD. He was very supportive of me and provided me with good advice and counsel. Throughout my career I often referred back to his simple forms of advice. He was a good man!
    08/11/2019 09:23 am
    Barbara&Bill Monaghan writes,
    We use to work for DuPont. We know he was good friends with Bill and Tj. He will be very much missed. We are sorry for your loss.. Bill jr and Barbara Monaghan
    08/11/2019 10:06 pm
    Tracey Quillen Carney writes,
    Condolences to Ken and the entire family. Sounds like it was a great run, but we know it's still hard. Peace to all, Tracey Quillen Carney
    08/12/2019 09:48 am
    Angela Williamson writes,
    So sorry for your loss. Grateful for the time I knew Ernie at Hagley. What a gentleman. Always smiling, helpful, and kind. Thinking of and praying for you during this difficult time.
    08/12/2019 10:39 am
    Kerry & Marty Mullane lit a candle and writes,
    Ah Ernie! Our favorite neighbor. For 17 years we shared yards. No fences! Just long chats to avoid cutting the lawn. Catching up on the days events, talking about how the Cadillac was running, when he was going to return from Bethany or Chicago, what was new with card group or retired folks from DuPont. He was always a pleasure! Perfect gentlemen. Always with a kind word and quick smile as he adjusted his glasses and peppered us with his quick wit. May you all find comfort and Ernie rest peacefully. Well done Ernie! God Bless. The Mullane’s
    08/15/2019 06:09 pm
    Dr. Henry A. and Mrs. Donna M. Benarey lit a candle and writes,
    There is nothing that one can truly say to ease your pain & loss. Knowing that your father lived a long, full, successful and happy life is a comfort and something to celebrate. Just know that we are here for you. With deepest sympathy and our love. Donna & Henry
    08/18/2019 04:59 pm
    Lydia Deluca Ignudo writes,
    Bill and Shirley. I am sending sincere condolences to you and your family. I am the daughter of Bambina and Amerigo DeLuca of Wilmington De. My dad was 1st cousins with your mother, Margaret. Mom and I were sorry to hear of the passing of Ernie. Sorry we weren't able to attend the funeral services.
    08/25/2019 05:32 pm

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