Chandler Funeral Homes & Crematory Logo

302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

Susan Anne (Earley) Datilio

Susan Anne (Earley) Datilio, age 50, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 surrounded by family after a six-year long battle with breast cancer. She fought bravely and right until the end, never wanting anyone to know how hard she struggled. Susan maintained her beautiful smile for all to see. She never wanted that fight to be about her. Her focus was always on her family and friends.

Susan was born in Wilmington, daughter of James A. and Mary Louise (Cappella) Earley. She graduated from Padua Academy in 1989 and the University of Delaware in 1993 with a degree in history.

She was a loving wife, mother, sister and friend – always smiling and always a kind word. Susan LOVED her family, and more than anything, her two children. There was nothing she enjoyed more than watching them play whatever sport was in season. Her favorites were watching Olivia play softball and Joey run the football for St. Mary Magdalen School. Susan was a sports mom through and through. She loved the Phillies and Eagles, and on many game days, could be heard yelling louder than anyone when things went good or mostly bad.

Susan loved to cook and to travel. She so loved the summer vacations to Ocean City, NJ, and our family trip to Italy in 2018 was her favorite trip of all time. She was a huge Frank Sinatra and Elvis fan and more recently a Harry Styles fan thanks to Olivia.

She worked in the business office at WDEL/WSTW for close to 25 years and had many wonderful friends there.

Susan was an active member of the St. Mary Magdalen community and school and was overwhelmed with love and joy at the support from them as she battled these years with cancer. It was something she spoke of often and just loved the people that became more than friends, but like a second family to all of us through the years there. It was something we cherished and will never forget.

Susan loved her summers at the pool and being able to visit with friends and family for coffee or the “occasional” glass of wine to just talk. She worried too much about everyone else and always made sure “you” were okay before she would talk about her fight, and even when she did, she still made sure you were good. Susan would want us all to remember to cherish your days with family and friends; tomorrow is not promised to any of us, so make the best of the days you have. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.

In addition to her parents, Susan is survived by her husband of 23 years, Joseph R. Datilio; daughter Olivia; son Joey; sister Melissa (Earley) Pedicone, her husband Jason and their children Caterina and Coletta of Bear; in laws Raymond and Irene Datilio of Newark; sister and brother in law Lisa Loveland (Duane) of Elsmere; host of aunts, uncles, and NUMEROUS cousins, etc.

The family would like to extend a huge loving thank you to all the doctors and nurses at Penn who were so caring and helped in her fight, and at the end, the nurses and staff with Delaware Hospice. She called them angels on earth, especially Melissa and Tracie. Their compassion and care is not something that will ever be forgotten.

Susan hated this wretched disease and would want all of our focus on beating it for good so no one would have to go through what she did so bravely. In lieu of flowers (which Susan always said she would just kill anyway) please send contributions to Penn Medicine, Abramson Cancer Center, 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104.


Funeral Services

A visitation for Susan will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 7 Sharpley Road, Wilmington, DE 19803. The visitation and Mass will follow Covid-19 protocols such as face masks, social distancing and capacity limits. The church limit will be 150 people. The church will live stream the service at A private interment will follow the Mass.


    Joe and Denise Monardo lit a candle and writes,
    With deepest sorrow goes to all you for the Passing of Susan. She truly had a shinning light where ever she was. Sharing her vibrant Spirit with all she knew . Our Hearts and Prayers are with you all . 🙏
    04/23/2021 10:44 am
    Naomi Girke lit a candle and writes,
    The world has lost a treasure. Susan and I worked together for my 15 years at DBC. Countless emails of support, encouragement, frustration, humor and simple “how are you doing” were exchanged. No matter what was at hand Susan was a positive person and many times her words would make my negative a positive. She will surely be missed. My deepest sympathies and condolences for her remaining loved ones.
    04/23/2021 11:13 am
    Antonella writes,
    I’m grateful for the time I got to know her. She was funny and we spoke at length about her trip to Tuscany and we often talked about sports games the day after. She was a woman of great character and have fond memories of which I will carry with me. My deepest condolences to all whose lives she touched.
    04/23/2021 11:42 am
    Martha Pedicone lit a candle and writes,
    Joe, Olivia and Joey & Family, So very sorry for your loss. Susan was such a sweet person. We always ran into her at Shop-Rite and we stopped to talk. She was always smiling. We will miss her. With deepest sympathy, Love, Martha & John Pedicone
    04/23/2021 01:40 pm
    Vincenzia Cappella lit a candle and writes,
    This candle represents the light you have always shown wherever or whomever was in your presence. My precious beautiful Goddaughter. I love you so much and will miss you. Your suffered in silence. You are now at peace and with Our Lord and his angels. Love Aunt Jennie
    04/23/2021 02:07 pm
    Vincenzia Cappella lit a candle and writes,
    This candle represents the light you always showed when anyone was in your presence. You suffered in silence and are at peace. You are with Our Lord and his angels. I love you and will miss you, my beautiful Goddaughter. Aunt Jennie ❤️❤️
    04/23/2021 02:16 pm
    Wendy Tigani lit a candle and writes,
    Susan took the time to message me only recently to ask how Bill was doing. I had no idea she was fighting her own battle. We are praying for Joe and the family during this difficult time. Love, Wendy, Bill, Sam, Emily and Becky
    04/23/2021 02:35 pm
    Hilda McDermott writes,
    Joe and family, my prayers are with you. Susan was so loving and caring person to all and will be missed. She is at peace and an angel who will always be around you and your family.
    04/23/2021 02:39 pm
    John Baublis lit a candle and writes,
    Susan was a dear friend of mind who I looked forward to seeing everyday when I worked with her at WSTW We shared many laughs that I will always cherish God Bless
    04/23/2021 03:18 pm
    David Garson lit a candle and writes,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to Susan's family. Susan was one of the first people I met when I joined WSTW/WDEL about a year ago. I will never forget her warm smile and graciousness as she welcomed me at the office. Whenever I had a chance to speak with her, she was extremely helpful and always a pleasure to talk to. I lost my mom to breast cancer and much like Susan, she fought for over 5 years and never stopped helping everyone around her. The quote that always stuck with me after my mom passed was, "You will never get over it, you will just get through it." Here's to Susan and my mom shining light from above.
    04/23/2021 03:29 pm
    Frank Gerace writes,
    To Susan’s family, I’m shocked and saddened to learn of her passing. Susan was a very nice person who will be missed by everyone who knew her, including myself and her other co-workers.
    04/23/2021 06:25 pm
    Frank Gerace
    04/23/2021 06:27 pm
    Tina Avallone lit a candle and writes,
    I went to St. Mary Magdalen with Susan and saw her at some of the WSTW/WDEL dinner parties. She was always so pleasant to talk to and catch up on old times! I did recently see her in November 2020! Prayers to her family!
    04/25/2021 12:26 am
    Barbara Renz writes,
    No words can express how I feel after the loss of my dear, sweet friend, Susan. My heart goes out to Susan's family ... Joe, Olivia and Joey, her sister Melissa and family, and to her parents, Jim and Mary Louise Early. She will be missed by every heart that she touched. Rest in peace my dear friend. Barbara Renz
    04/25/2021 08:52 am
    Cathi Stradley lit a candle and writes,
    Susan's smile lit up every room she entered and every person she met. A wonderful person in every way to everyone. The world was a better place with Susan and her kindness that she shared with everyone. I was blessed to call Susan a friend and fortunate to know this beautiful woman. Our deepest sympathy to Joe, Olivia, Joey, Mr. & Mrs. Earley, Melissa and her family. We will always keep you in our prayers, thoughts and on our minds. Cathi Stradley and Family
    04/25/2021 08:00 pm
    Ruth lit a candle and writes,
    My heart........
    04/25/2021 08:01 pm
    Michael and Lisa Birch writes,
    Joe, its so difficult to find the right words to bring you, Joey, and Olivia some measure of comfort in Susan's passing. I can tell you that one of the positive defining moments in my life was when our paths crossed, and my heart aches for what you are having to go through right now. I hope and pray that God will keep you and your children close as you heal, and may the fond memories of your life with Susan warm your heart in place of sadness. My friend, Lisa and I are here for you and yours, never forget that. I am so sorry for your loss, and again, our prayers are with you. Love you, brother.
    04/27/2021 08:49 am
    Andrea Cooper lit a candle and writes,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Praying that your family can find peace. We are here for anything you need, don't hesitate to ask. Andrea and Ed Cooper
    04/28/2021 01:28 pm
    Kimberley Sammon lit a candle and writes,
    My deepest condolences. May God give you all the strength to carry on and carry her memory well.
    04/29/2021 02:55 am
    john m pedicone writes,
    I would like to wish my deepest sympathy to You, Olivia, Joey, Melissa & Jason & Mr. & Mrs. Earley. May God help comfort all of you in this difficult time. God Bless You Susan and may he know you were cherished by so many ! God Bless. John Pedicone
    04/29/2021 09:36 am
    Bill and Gina Holmes lit a candle and writes,
    Joe, we are so sorry to hear about Susan's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, Olivia, Joey and her family. Although we didn't know Susan that well personally, we always knew when she was in the gym for the girls' games! It's clear she brought that same Bulldog spirit to her brave battle. The SMM community will celebrate and cherish her memory.
    04/29/2021 04:19 pm
    Elnora Webb writes,
    Datilio Family, may you find comfort in God’s promise at Revelation 21:3,4. “God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things has passed away.”
    05/14/2021 11:07 am

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

When you "Light a Candle" the candle image is posted with your condolence.