Joanne W. Patterson

Joanne W. Patterson, age 82, of Hockessin, DE passed away on September 15, 2019 at her residence at Cokesbury Village. Born in Emmaus, PA, she was the daughter of the late Mae (Albright) and Harvey Walbert. Joanne graduated from Penn State University with her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and went on to pursue her masters degree in etymology from the University of Delaware. She worked as a Senior Patent Agent for DuPont, Montel, and Hercules. In addition to her parents, Joanne was predeceased by her son, Kenneth Scott Patterson.

Joanne is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Denise and William F. Marino of Bear, DE; her grandchildren, Leah and Umang Patel of Hoboken, NJ and William M. Marino of Bear, DE; her brother, Keith Walbert and his wife, Kim, of Birdsboro, PA; and her sisters, Janice Herring of Austin, TX and Jackie Rayer of Blacklick, OH.

A visitation will be held on Friday September 20, 2019 from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. with funeral services beginning at 11 A.M. at the Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808. Burial will follow at Gracelawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Food Bank of Delaware, 222 Lake Drive Newark, DE 19702.


Submitted by lee mullett on
Joanne was very active in the Silver Pine Garden Club for many years. She was creative, a knowledgeable gardener, and began a nature trail for students behind Forest Oak School in the 1970s. She made beautiful scrapbooks about her travels, and was an avid stamp collector and bird watcher. Joanne was extremely talented and artistic. Sincere Sympathy to the family from the Silver Pine Garden Club. We have not forgotten her.