David M. Iannone, Jr., 91 of Wilmington passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Seasons Hospice surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Iannone was born in Wilmington, the son of Mary (Ciociola) and David M. Iannone, Sr. He was a self- employed sheet metal fabricator and was one of the original members of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. Dave served on its first Parish Council, was a lector for many years, coordinated the Eucharistic adoration, was chef for hundreds of people at parish dinners, established an annual picnic and trained over 100 altar servers. He constructed the bell tower, a 22-foot stainless steel cross on top of the church, candelabra for Advent wreath, a tabernacle, a crown of thorns, crowns for statues of Mary, and a life-sized rosary. Dave was a Man of Malvern for nearly 60 years and a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus. He received many awards, including the Diocesan Order of Merit, as well as an Outstanding Older Worker award for the State of Delaware.
Dave served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In addition to his parents, Dave was predeceased by his wife, Rosalie (Poppiti) Iannone in 2013; his siblings, Grace, Frank and Nunzio; his daughter, Marie LeConte; his granddaughter, Jennifer Testa and his son-in-law, Daniel Kerrigan, Sr.
Dave is survived by his sister, Margaret Moroski, his daughters and their husbands, Rosalie “Cookie” Ruane and John of Middletown and Michele Kerrigan Mowbray and Robert of Wilmington; his son David M. Iannone, III and his wife, Christine of Wilmington;and his son-in-law, Joseph LeConte, his grandchildren, Leigh Plomchok (Steve), Timothy, Sarah and Mary Ruane, Janine Gravino (Dante), Michele Yeager (Seth), Daniel Kerrigan, Jr. (fiancee Ashley), Amanda Mowbray, Stacey Gretka (Nick), David Iannone, IV, Kristie Manley (Bill) and Lynn Kelly; his 18 great-grandchildren; one great great-granddaughter.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday morning at 10:30 AM at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 2501 Centerville Road, Wilmington, where friends may call after 9 AM. Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church or The Central Association of the Miraculous Medal, 475 E. Chelten Avenue, Suite 1, Philadelphia, PA 19144-9909. Mealeyfuneralhomes.com