302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

Joseph E. DeLaurentis, MD

Joseph Edward DeLaurentis, MD passed away on November 8,, 2018 from pulmonary fibrosis, just shy of his 96th birthday.

He was born to Joseph and Maddalena DeLaurentis in Wayne, Pennsylvania. A graduate of St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia, he received his medical degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas thanks to the GI bill. He served in the US Navy from 1949-1952 after which he began his career in industrial medicine at the DuPont Experimental Station, serving as Director of the Medical Division until retiring in 1983. He continued working, first as a consultant for DuPont, then part time at the Edgemoor Plant until 1995.

Joe enjoyed golf, tennis, reading and spending time on the beach in Stone Harbor, NJ with his devoted family. He was a man of great faith who attended daily mass until his illness prevented it.

He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Ethel Lillie (Lil), whom he adored. Other survivors are daughters Justina Pedante (Domenic), Donna DeLaurentis (Richard), Gilda Gallo (Clarence), son David, grandchildren Thomas John Shopa, Jr. (Valeriya), Andrea Sereni, Cara Shopa, Timothy Shopa (Laura), Nicholas Shopa (Mark), Mark Pedante (Emily), Leanne Pedante (Miles), Nicole Leitner (Ben), Joseph Gallo, Ben DeLaurentis, Max Gallo, Christina DeLaurentis, and great grandsons Bruno, George, and Bernard Shopa, and Cary Pedante.

The family would like to thank the staff at Rockland Place for the loving care Joe received this past year, as well as the staff at Seasons Hospice for their care and support in his final days.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 beginning at 9:00am followed by a funeral mass at 10:30am at St. Joseph on the Brandywine, Greenville, Delaware. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to a charity of your choice.

Funeral Services

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 beginning at 9:00am followed by a funeral mass at 10:30am at St. Joseph on the Brandywine, Greenville, Delaware. Burial will be private.


    ‘Cesca and Tom Mahoney lit a candle and writes,
    Tom and I send our love and prayers to Aunt Lil and cousins. I have so many happy memories of Uncle Joe. He was such a wonderful and loving person who always made you feel so special. My heart hurts and I will miss him forever.
    11/10/2018 09:02 am
    Deborah Gioffre writes,
    My deepest sympathy to the entire DeLaurentis family. Your Dad was a gentle and kind man as I remember him in my childhood days going to your house with Bess. He had a full and wonderful life and you all have great memories to cherish. Love to all, Debbie
    11/10/2018 11:16 am
    Emily Locke lit a candle
    11/10/2018 12:09 pm
    Lynnae Lewellen writes,
    Oh no, Cara. So sorry to hear this. He was a doll, and I remember well how gracious he was. And how brown he was from sitting in the beach sun. He soaked up life the way he soaked up that sun❤️ Seemed like someone who knew how to make each moment count. A connoisseur of all God granted him, facing life with gratitude, leaving behind a good impression. Give your mom a hug for me, and my prayers go out to you all. Especially your grams. Love, Lynnae
    11/10/2018 02:45 pm
    Sharon Kelly Hake lit a candle and writes,
    Joe DiLaurentius raised an amazing family, including his devoted daughters, who are continuing his legacy of giving back to their community.
    11/10/2018 05:03 pm
    Patrick Rowan lit a candle and writes,
    Have many fond memories of Joe and His great Family!
    11/10/2018 06:55 pm
    Ann Conaway lit a candle and writes,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sadness. Ann
    11/10/2018 10:49 pm
    John & Jack Gaynor writes,
    Deep love and respect for this great Doctor, devoted loving husband, loving Father and Grandfather, generous kind beach bum & chef. Totally special in our hearts
    11/11/2018 07:48 am
    Pam Madaio lit a candle and writes,
    Sending love and comfort to you and your family Donna. I remember your father fondly from our days at Marymount.
    11/11/2018 11:34 am
    Bob Ashman writes,
    Joe was a good man. All of his friends from EPGASH golf will miss him. My prayers are with his family for their loss.
    11/11/2018 02:09 pm
    Michele Rowan lit a candle and writes,
    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Joe was my Godfather, and my Father's best friend. I had so many fantastic days and weeks at the shore - spending time with Joe, Lil, Gilda, LoSing (sp?) and your family in Stone Harbor. Joe tending to all kinds of minor medical issues of mine whenever I asked, up through my teenage years! Joe and Lil giving me special "Godparent" gifts as a little girl. Lil was the light and the fireball, Joe was the quiet, tender soul. Many meals, many laughs, many afternoons on the beach, Joe asleep in the sand. I see these all clearly, and will always cherish them! I think my brother Chris and I saw Joe and Lil last about three years ago, Joe immediately sharing stories about Ruffy, Lil recounting crazy kid activities. And on that afternoon, while they shared stories, I became that little girl again, tears welling, smile beaming. What a life they gave us all, and you to them. Peace.
    11/12/2018 08:53 pm
    Madeline Gunter lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Jaye and family, Our deepest sympathy and love to you and your family. Love, Allan and Madeline
    11/13/2018 07:12 am
    Peter Masciangelo writes,
    What a great uncle he was. Always caring and considerate, even with the "wild Indians" that we were. God bless you Uncle Joe. We love you. Pete Masciangelo
    11/14/2018 09:25 am
    Cathy Kohl writes,
    Gilda and Clarence- May God bless you and your family at this difficult time. Thinking of you and praying for your comfort.
    11/14/2018 11:16 am
    Denise Bernhard Way writes,
    Dear All - Although a mournful time today, it was so lovely to reconnect with you all. Everyone looks good and your children all grown up. It is so hard to believe that this much time has truly passed. Your mother brought back a great memory for me today. One that instantly took me back to that that fateful makeup application day. We truly did do damage to our mom's make up tray. I am so glad we were neighbors and friends in Ridgewood. I remember your Dad driving us all down to the shore. Such great childhood memories there! I only wished that I could have stayed for your Dad's services today and I hope you understand that I had to return to the office. I wish you all peace during this sad time. He lived a long, fruitful life blessed with a bug family who loved him. You each have my deepest condolences. To Gilda - give me a call sometime (302-520-8240), we should get together for lunch as Debbie has returned to this area and it would be great to get us all together again! In peace, Denise Bernhard Way
    11/14/2018 04:20 pm
    Shawn Rowan writes,
    Lil, Jay, Donna, David, Gilda, I'm sorry for your loss. What a long and full life Joe had. I have many fond memories of summers in Stone Harbor in the 1960's. A tale my mother told: one rainy afternoon (no tennis nor beach possible) Joe and my father uncharacteristically went up to Hahn's to play pool. After too much time cooped up indoors with all of us kids, Lil and my mother marched the whole brood right up in there! Needless to say, that was the end of the pool game. But it was mostly about fun in the sun and lots of kids on the beach. How Joe could sleep for hours in the sand was always a mystery to me. He was a kind and gentle man who made the world a better place...
    11/16/2018 08:19 am

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