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Esther Lee (Brown) Tomasetti

Esther Lee (Brown) Tomasetti age 94 of Claymont died on March 5, 2018.

She was born in 1923 in Delmar, Delaware to the late Hattie (Elliott) and John F. Brown. Esther was one of six children who predeceased her- Mary Ellen Byrd, Isabelle Alford, William Brown, Betty Ann Brown and Charles Brown.

Esther (Brownie) was a 1941 graduate of Delmar High School as well as a graduate of Delaware Hospital’s School of Nursing. She was a lifetime member of the Atonement Methodist Church.

As an RN, Brownie worked at the Delaware Hospital. In July 1949 she married Raymond E. Tomasetti. They raised their family of 3 children in Claymont and were married 37 years before Ray’s death in 1987.

Brownie loved to travel but her favorite activity was attending sporting events – men’s fast pitch softball games, UD football games, Phillies and Eagles games.

She especially enjoyed spending time with her family. In the summer it was going to the beach and boy did she love Christmas!!

Esther is survived by her 3 children Patricia Armbruster (Chuck), Raymond (Christine) and Richard (Tracy), 7 grandchildren Chip Armbruster, Katie Socorso, Carrie Sawyer, Michael and Christopher Tomasetti, Amanda and Jeffrey Tomasetti, 3 great grandchildren Lily and Charlotte Armbruster and Giuseppe Tomasetti and a 4th great grandchild is due in April.

The family would like to thank her wonderful nurses Donna, Eileen and Chrissy for their special care over the last 3 ½ years. The family would also like to thank Comfort Keepers for the care that they gave Esther during this time.

A viewing will be held from 6-9pm on Friday March 9, 2018 at Chandler Funeral Home 2506 Concord Pike Wilmington DE. A funeral service will be held at Chandler Funeral Home on Saturday March 10, 2018 at 10 a.m., where friends may call after 9 a.m. Interment will take place immediately after the funeral at Cathedral Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Esther’s memory to: Atonement Methodist Church, 3519 Philadelphia Pike Claymont, DE, 19703; Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 3200 Philadelphia Pike Claymont, DE, 19703 or American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, Ste 205, New Castle, DE, 19720.

Funeral Services

Visitation at Chandler Funeral Home:

Friday March 9, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and

Saturday March 10, 2018 from 9:00 to 10:00 am

Service on Saturday March 10, 2018 at Chandler Funeral Home at 10:00 am

Burial in Cathedral Cemetery following the service


    Ron and Chloe Mckinney lit a candle and writes,
    We were so sorry to hear of Brownies passing. She ,must have been a wonderful woman ,,to have such great family as yours.
    03/06/2018 02:49 pm
    Gus and Betty Green writes,
    So sorry to hear of Esther’s passing. She was truly such a nice person. Always enjoyed talking to her as well as Ray. Both very special people. Gus and Betty Green
    03/06/2018 03:32 pm
    Sue and Joe Hudson (Bessie and Clark Gardiner's daughter) writes,
    To the Tomasetti Family, So sorry to hear of your lost, Esther Lee will continue to live in your hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
    03/07/2018 08:30 am
    Frank & Lee Mckelvey writes,
    To Pat and Family, We send to your our condolences and offer our love and prayers. Lee & Frank McKelvey
    03/07/2018 10:37 am
    Bill and Polly Haddock writes,
    Our deepest sympathy.
    03/07/2018 02:09 pm
    JUDY L MAGUIRE lit a candle and writes,
    Our condolences to the Tomassetti family. I remember Brownie as a lovely, joyful soul.
    03/08/2018 08:47 am
    Nancy Weidel writes,
    My condolences to the Tomasetti family. My Mom and Dad were good friends with Esther and Ray and shared many fun times with them. When Mom moved from Claymont 15 years ago, she and Esther carried on their long friendship via lively phone calls, cards, and Esther always sent Mom a tin of Fisher's Popcorn at Christmas which we enjoyed. Sad that one of the last stalwarts of the Claymont I knew growing up is gone. Rest in Peace, Esther.
    03/08/2018 11:04 am
    Debbie streets lit a candle and writes,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Will always remember the softball games that were attended--- BIll and Debbie Streets
    03/08/2018 09:11 pm
    Shelley Golder writes,
    She was such a wonderful, fun loving person who will be greatly missed
    03/10/2018 07:59 am

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