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Joseph L. Ignar

Joseph L. Ignar, peacefully passed away on January 26, 2024, in his home in Wilmington, Delaware at the age of 93. He was born in 1930, to Polish immigrants, John and Victoria Gulis Ignar at their home in Elizabeth, New Jersey.  He was a proud graduate of Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, New Jersey, a college preparatory boarding school for Polish boys.

Joe served in the United States Air Force between 1951 and 1955, at the Rapid City Air Force base in South Dakota. He was a reconnaissance squadron member on the Convair B-36 Peacemaker, the big stick of the Strategic Air Command.

He attended Seton Hall University and graduated with a degree in Chemistry. He met his wife Gloria Nainor Ignar while they both were studying at Seton Hall.  They were married on October 3, 1959, and had three daughters.

Joe joined the DuPont Company in 1957 and had a very successful career.  He worked at DuPont plants in New Jersey in various manufacturing operations, technical, and staff positions.  He transferred to corporate headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware and rose to executive level leadership of Employee Relations for the Company.

Joe chose to retire early from DuPont to travel extensively with Gloria and to spend more time with his family and friends. He was an avid golfer, traveler and model train enthusiast.

He was devoted to his family and supported them in their many endeavors.  He especially loved his family vacations down the shore, watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren playing sports and growing up.

Joe is survived by Gloria, his loving wife of 64 years, and their daughters, Kathleen Hall, Dr. Diane Ignar, Carolyn Ignar Torbert, son-in-law Jeffrey Hall as well as their three grandsons, Dr. Michael Hall (Dr. Kathryn Hall), Stephen Hall (Kelsey Hall) and Matthew Torbert, and their four beautiful great-grandchildren.

Joe will be greatly missed by his family, both for his devotion to them, and for his unwavering support.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 9, 2024 at 10:30 am at St. Joseph on The Brandywine Catholic Church, 10 Old Church Road, Greenville, DE 19807. A viewing will be held prior to mass from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests contributions in Joe’s memory to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, Texas 75284-0692 (heart.org) or your favorite charity.

Funeral Services

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 9, 2024 at 10:30 am at St. Joseph on The Brandywine Catholic Church, 10 Old Church Road, Greenville, DE 19807. A viewing will be held prior to mass from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Condolences

    Laurie Kalamchi lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Gloria am so sorry for the loss of your dear husband. It was a comfort to me to get to know you in Stonegates healthcare Center as we both traversed a similar path with our husbands. Please know I am thinking of you and praying God will give you the strength you need. Laurie
    02/02/2024 05:46 pm
    Annmarie Pawlowicz lit a candle and writes,
    Kathy, so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He had a "good run" as Brother Mike would say. Please pass along my condolences to your mom.
    02/04/2024 08:17 am
    Sarah Mitcham writes,
    I only knew Joe for a short time however, I am so blessed that I had the opportunity to get to know him. He and his wife were such a loving couple, and so sweet to be with. Whenever you were around, Joe definitely kept you on your toes. I will miss his sense of humor and all of his knowledge he shared, but most of all I will miss his kind and loving spirit. My condolences go to the family and Gloria. My prayers are with you always. Sarah
    02/05/2024 09:35 am
    Heather Colantuono (Walter Trabbold) lit a candle and writes,
    Our deepest sympathy for the family of Joe Ignar. We are so grateful for the friendship Joe shared with our grandparents Walter & Peggy Trabbold.
    02/05/2024 01:20 pm
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    02/05/2024 05:17 pm
    Eileen Filliben Edmunds lit a candle and writes,
    My deepest sympathies to the entire Ignar clan, especially his amazing wife and beautiful daughters. I have so many fond memories of Mr. Ignar, often courtside at Carolyn’s many St. Mary Magdalen or Archmere games or at home smoking his pipe and reading. He had a quick wit and a sparkle in his eyes. He loved his family dearly and was so very proud of each of his highly accomplished daughters. May he RIP and may his family find comfort in the many happy memories they made with him.
    02/05/2024 05:24 pm
    Patti(Klocko) Mitchell lit a candle and writes,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Ignar family.
    02/06/2024 09:32 am
    Judith Crosby lit a candle and writes,
    I have not seen Joe for over 30 years and I recall from when I reported to him how his kindness and support guided me to a long, happy, and successful career in DuPont. I admired him tremendously and am glad he had such a long and happy life. I am truly sorry he is no longer with you and send my sympathy to you all.
    02/09/2024 09:44 am

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