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Marie Anne Ciliberti

Marie Anne “Manya” (Delikat) Ciliberti, age 81, passed away Monday, October 22, 2018.

Marie was a devoted mother, grandmother, aunt, and loyal friend to many. She was a graduate of Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Delaware, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware. She also earned a Masters of Arts degree in Russian from Georgetown University. Marie was one of the few who could boast that they truly loved their job, working as a broadcaster for the Voice of America (VOA) for over thirty years broadcasting in Russian to millions of people behind the Iron Curtain. She was also a tireless advocate for employees in the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) 1812 union within the VOA. Marie volunteered for the Victims of Communism organization and was a devout member of Our Lady Queen of Poland Church in Silver Spring, Maryland.

She is preceded in death by her parents William and Longina Delikat, brother Joseph Delikat, sister Kathleen “Kasia” Ruggerio, uncle Rev. Joseph Delikat, aunt Helen Delikat Ryan, and aunt Anne Delikat Felczak. She is survived by her sister Irene Grady and husband James, sister Joanne Arena and husband Louis, son Christopher Ciliberti and wife Kathryn, grandson Nicholas Ciliberti, son Steven Ciliberti, son Eric Ciliberti and wife Kathleen, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visitation from 10:00-11:00 am, with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00, will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at Saint Hedwig’s Catholic Church, 408 South Harrison Street, Wilmington, DE 19805. Burial will be in Cathedral Cemetery, 2400 Lancaster Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware 19805.

Friends and family may make memorial contributions to Our Lady Queen of Poland Church, 9700 Rosensteel Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Funeral Services

St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church  408 S. Harrison St., Wilmington, Delaware 19805

Tuesday October 30, 2018

Visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 am

Mass at 11:00 am

Burial will follow in Cathedral Cemetery


    Margot Hoerrner lit a candle and writes,
    Eric, I hope that you find comfort and peace with your family during this time. Thinking of you... Margot
    10/25/2018 06:19 pm
    Caroline Gredler lit a candle and writes,
    My condolences to you and yours, Eric. So glad she produced you! May you continue in her Spirit.
    10/25/2018 09:20 pm
    Eva Rudolf Barcia lit a candle and writes,
    Kathryn, I am so heartbroken over your tremendous loss. Please know that my family and I are here for you, and we are holding you and your family in our prayers. She will be your forever guardian angel.
    10/25/2018 10:26 pm
    Erin Dygert Cartmell lit a candle
    10/26/2018 04:52 am
    Jade Fairall lit a candle and writes,
    I never had the pleasure of meeting Marie in person, but have spent many years communicating with her online. I will miss our conversations. She was such an inspiration to so many people. Rest well Marie, you will be missed.
    10/26/2018 07:32 am
    Jenni Young lit a candle and writes,
    Marie and I had an online friendship that I will remember with great fondness. I will miss her and send condolences to her family.
    10/26/2018 12:40 pm
    Frank Okata lit a candle and writes,
    You lived an impressive life. Thank you for giving hope to millions when you worked for the VOA. May you continue to watch over us from above as we strive to be as productive and inspirational as you have been for us. Frank and Barbara Okata
    10/26/2018 03:11 pm
    Ken Peters lit a candle and writes,
    Eric, We were saddened to learn that your Mother passed away and our thoughts are with you and your family. She sounds like an incredible woman and I’m sure she was incredibly proud of you. Peace to you and your family from ours. Ken Peters
    10/27/2018 10:47 am
    Gina Rigby-House lit a candle and writes,
    Chris and Kathryn: so very sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine how hard this is on you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    10/28/2018 09:12 pm
    Jill Rough writes,
    Our prayer and thoughts are with the entire family. Sincerely, Jill and Sean Rough
    10/29/2018 09:51 pm
    Stefania Ciliberti writes,
    I will never forget her kindness and her deep love for her family. Marie will have a special place in my heart. My condolences to you and your family, Eric. Big hugs from Italy!
    12/02/2018 01:10 pm

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