Dr. Regina Giannone-Tyler, Ed.D. "Queenie"

Dr. Regina Giannone-Tyler, age 66, lovingly known by her family as “Queenie”, passed away at home surrounded by her family on May 31, 2019. Born in Wilmington, Regina was the daughter of the late Carmella (Cicatelli) and Angelo Giannone. Regina graduated from Corpus Christi High School in 1970 and went on to study at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, before earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Wilmington University in 1976. She went on to earn a Master of Science in Psychology and Theology from Neumann College in May of 1990 and received her Doctorate of Education in Innovation and Leadership from Wilmington University in January of 2016. 

Regina was a gifted grief counselor, helping many families who struggled with loss for over 40 years. She traveled to Oklahoma City in 1995 to counsel survivors of the tragic bombings, supervised the bereavement departments of many local hospices throughout Delaware, and was the grief counselor of Mealey Funeral Homes for over 17 years from 2002 until the present. Regina was a professor of Psychology who developed many new courses in grief and bereavement at Wilmington University, where she taught and worked in Admissions from 1999 until the present. She also hosted a radio show on WDEL, where she would take calls and counsel listeners on their grief and loss journeys.  Regina was a cantor for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington at St. Elizabeth Church for over 40 years. Recently, Regina was the recipient of the Community Hero Award from WJBR.

In addition to her parents, Regina was preceded in death by her brother, Francis Giannone in 1991.

Regina is survived by her husband of 43 years, George Tyler; her daughters, Carriann Tyler-Vandzura of Wilmington, DE and Aubrey Tyler-Rogers, and her husband, Daniel, of Hockessin, DE; her grandchildren, Emma, Natalie, and Angelo; her sister-in-laws, Patricia Giannone and Kathryn Giannone; her niece, Alberta Peronti and her husband, Joseph; and many cherished cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews who have stood by her throughout her illness.

The family would like to thank Delaware Hospice for their dedicated and compassionate care during Regina’s final but courageous final weeks.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday June 5th, 2019 from 5PM to 8PM at the Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday June 6th, 2019 at 10:30AM at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 809 S. Broom St. Wilmington, DE 19805. Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Holy Angels Catholic School, 82 Possum Park Rd. Newark, DE 19711. Online condolences may be made at


Submitted by Judy Barnett on
I feel blessed to have known her. What a blessing she was to everyone who knew her if even for the briefest of moments. George, Carri & Aubrey I can’t even imagine how lost you must feel right now but please know how many of us would have given just about anything to have her guidance and wisdom through out their life as you did, for I am one of them. My husband Dave says her smile was one that could brighten the darkest of days. Our prayers are with you. It’s just good to know no more pain.

Submitted by Lou Lanza on
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with Queenie!s” Familia and Friends. God bless her soul.

Submitted by Jim and Gina Ha... on
Our deepest sympathy goes out to Regina's family. We will all miss Queenie. She was one of a kind.

Submitted by Kirsten OQuinn on
Carri ... I never had the chance to meet your mother, but knowing you, I know that she was amazing person. The love she gave to her family and to her community will forever carry on. Love you so much. I will be praying for all of you during this time.

Submitted by Sharon Merriman-Nai on
Regina was a beautiful person who uplifted everyone she touched. The world was truly a better place because she was here, and I feel so lucky to have known her.. Taken far too soon, she lived fully and well everyday. Her spirit will live on in the hearts of those who love her. Much love and white light, and deepest sympathy, to Cousin George and all of the family.

Submitted by Susan Victoria ... on
My condolences to the Tyler family.

Submitted by Eleanor Mazzio on
I followed Queenie's Quest on Facebook and was amazed by her and the entire family's bravery and love. Her kindness touched many. The voice of an angel, sings from heaven now. Our sympathy Eleanor and Richard Mazzio

Submitted by Kathy Vadden Smith on
She was a lovely person, so sorry for the family.

Submitted by Megan Bradley on
Carri & Aubrey, So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Keeping you in my thoughts. Please accept my condolences and may our prayers help comfort you.

Submitted by Barbara Beard on
My thoughts, prayers and love are with you at this sad time. Although my heart is heavy, I find comfort knowing Regina is pain free. Regina will be missed by all she came in contact with, I was fortunate to know her as an instructor, co-worker and friend.

Submitted by John and Christ... on
George and family: It goes without saying that Christine and I were sadden to learn of Regina's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We fondly remember when we ran into you and Regina on the Broadkill River sunset cruise here in Lewes late last summer. We know that your loss is immense and that the kindness of words will offer some degree of comfort. May you reflect on all those treasured memories and may they be a source of comfort to you and the family. Heaven has gained a true angel. John & Christine Lodge Lewes, DE

Submitted by Barbara Snively on
I had the privilege of knowing Dr. Tyler this year as we embraced her most talented and beautiful daughter Carriann into our staff as 4th grade teacher at Holy Angels in September. Needless to say, we have been blessed with her presence of kindness and positivity amongst all of us! Every word and deed that emanates continues to inspire all of us! Her dear mom and entire family have taught us much about service and giving back to others. The spirit of Dr. Tyler will surely continue through all who were touched by her graceful presence. May God continue to bless your family! Our prayers are with all of you at this time.

Submitted by Father Christop... on
Rest in Peace Regina

Submitted by Kathy Phillips-Giles on
To the Tyler family - I had the honor of meeting Regina through her work with Mealey’s. I met with her several times as she helped me as I grieved the loss of my mother. Regina was an enormous help and comfort as I tried to work through that difficult and painful time. I wish for you the same comfort that she helped me work towards. Regina was a blessing.

Submitted by Anne (De Rocili... on
My heartfelt sympathy to the family of Dr. Regina Giannone-Tyler. May she rest in peace. Dr. Giannone-Tyler was the cantor for my mother's funeral Mass in May, 2003. She had a beautiful voice & is now with the Choir of Angels in Heaven. Take care & God bless your family.

Submitted by James Lemmon on
We were Classmates at St. Thomas. Regina is A Beautiful Person With A Consoling Heart. She had a Strong Faith for God.. You're Friend

Submitted by Whitney Fluck (Hora) on
Dr. Tyler was my First Year Experience professor at Wilmington University. She and I shared many fond conversations and later in time we would find that we became co-workers in the Admissions Department. I will always hold dearly the deep conversations we shared about Jesus and other life facets (along with the memory of the many sweets she made/bought). What a treasure she has been to many and I’m so grateful to have been associated with such a woman as she. Praying comfort over all that have been impacted by this loss on earth but gain in heaven.

Submitted by Laurie Bick Jensen on
My heart breaks for George, Carriann and Aubrey, their children, all of the family and everyone who loved Regina. I'm only one of her MANY loving friends and, like them, she touched my life with her special, caring heart. She came to comfort me during the time following the loss of my mother. The beauty of that loving gesture lies in the fact that she had not met me before. In fact, she was told about my mother's passing by a mutual friend. Without a word or a question, Regina came to my office, closed the door, and spent well over an hour talking with me with such compassion and caring -- more than I had known in Delaware. She was gifted in her understanding of grief and in her ability to help others come to terms with it. Only with her did I feel comfortable enough to cry. Regina and I quickly became friends, and I was blessed to be able to return some of the compassionate caring she showed to me when things weren't going well for her. The world was a much better place for her being here. Today and through this week, it's a much sadder place for those who remain here without her presence. She was the absolute dearest of friends, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and a truly beautiful soul. May the angels who surrounded her in this life enjoy her company ... for she is one of their own. With my love and deepest sympathy ... Laurie.

Submitted by Ed DiSabatino on
Irene and I are truly sorry for your loss. Regina was an inspiration in both life and her battle with her illness. I cherish the memory of her calling me and my co-workers, her boys. May God guide you thru this difficult time.

Submitted by Maria Hess on
Blessings to Regina's family. I wish I had known about all of Regina's accomplishments. All I really knew was that she was a wonderful person. The world has lost a positive soul.

Submitted by Jean Moffett on
I'm so sorry to hear this terrible news of Regina passing. She helped me through a very dark time in my life when I suddenly lost me husband. I would not be where I am today if it wasn't for Regina. Not only did she council me but I had the privilege of assisting her with grief support groups. She also invited me to attend a course on grief she was teaching at Wilmington University. I am so blessed to have her in my life. She was a blessing to anyone she crossed paths with. She sang at my daughters wedding and my husband's funeral...she had the voice of an angel! May she rest in peace and may her family find peace in all your wonderful memories of this great lady.

Submitted by Anne Pedrick on
George, Aubrey, Carri, and family my deepest sympathy. Regina was one of the most special people in my life. She was a friend and a mentor. She taught me not only about bereavement but also about life. She leaves a legacy of love and compassion. May we all view her life as an expression of how to love others well. You will remain in my prayers.

Submitted by Paula Goligoski on
Wishing the Tyler family my condolences in the loss of Regina. Such an incredible woman, and what a legacy she leaves with all of you, and the many lives she touched. What I remember most was hearing her sing - such a beautiful voice, but I did not know her well and in reading about her have learned of her great contributions to this world. As a distant family member, I feel so much love for all of you and will keep you in my prayers.

Submitted by Cindy Mendola on
As soon as I saw her name, I remembered the comfort she gave us during grief counseling many years ago. My sympathies for your loss, and I hope she & her family were treated as kindly as she treated others.

Submitted by Angela Ciconte ... on
George & Family, our deepest sympathy to your family. As I reflect on all of Regina’s accomplishments in her life and some I was not aware of, her Family was her most prized possession. I am so glad I had the time to visit Regina over the holidays, I will always remember our talk. She was an angel here on earth doing God’s work, and I know she will continue in heaven. Thank you for sharing Regina’s journey with us. You are in my prayers now and always. Angela

Submitted by Amanda Stanley on
George, Carriann, Aubrey, My heart is completely broken but I won't pretend to understand your grief. The irony is, Regina taught us all about grief and the process and now it us who grieve for her! To say she is courageous, strong and just a pure force is minimal. I was fortunate to have her love and constant guidance. You all were blessed to have her! Your family dynamic is one some of us only see in movies or dream about. If I can be 1/4 of the wife and mother my mom Tyler was, I will consider myself accomplished. I am broken as I am unable to attend her services considering ALL she has done for me! Please know, I tried and as soon as I return, she will be 1 of my 1st visits! My love to all of you! God Bless!

Submitted by Bridget Fleming on
Queenie will truly be missed and was loved by many. My heart felt prayers are with you all and know that she continues to sing in heaven.

Submitted by Sarah Gabriel on
Queenie had such a beautiful soul full of compassion for others. She raised 2 beautiful strong daughters who hold that same compassion. She leaves such an amazing legacy and example for others who have watched her journey. I offer my deepest sympathy to the entire family who I know miss her dearly.

Submitted by Debbie Meliodon on
My sincere condolences to family and friends of Dr. Tyler. Several years ago, she was my professor in a course called Grief Journey at Wilmington University. She left quite an impression on me. As I read through these comments, it is clear that she left quite an impression on many. I was very lucky to have known her. I pray that your beautiful memories give you strength to get through this difficult time.

Submitted by Laura O'Toole on
I am so very sorry to learn of Regina's passing. Our paths crossed so long ago, but what a wonderful time we had as we performed together, shared so many conversations and celebrated special times - particularly when she and George were married and when she shared her beautiful gift of song at my wedding. Even though our lives took different routes, I will cherish her friendship always. What a force for good in the world she was! My deepest condolences to her beloved family.