Mary J (Vassallo) Fiorentino

Mary J (Vassallo) Fiorentino of Wilmington, Delaware passed away peacefully on March 9, 2018 at the age of 93.

Mary was married to Michael Fiorentino for 51 years until his death in 1997.  Mary, the daughter of John and Perry Vassallo, was born and raised in the Ninth Ward of Wilmington and graduated from P.S. du Pont High School and Goldey Beacom Business College.  Mary began her career as a bookkeeper for the City of Wilmington Board of Education and later worked in food service for Mt. Pleasant High School and retired after 44 years.  

Mary was a member of Saint Matthew's Ladies’ Sodality and Saint Helena's Altar Society.  She worked on church and school fundraisers for many years along with her husband, Mike. In her later years, Mary was an active member of Sellers Senior Center and served on its Advisory Board. She particularly enjoyed line dancing and the great Mystery Lunch adventures they had over the years.

Mary is survived by her daughters, Toni (Bill) McLaughlin and Patricia (Mark) Harmer; her grandsons, Chris McLaughlin, Colin Harmer and step-grandson, Noel Harmer, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Mary was predeceased by her brother, Lawrence Vassallo, and her sisters, Rose Verderamo and Dolores Morole.  

Visitation will be held at Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road, Wilmington on March 16, 2018, Friday morning from 9:30 to 10 :30 AM.  A service will begin at 10:30 followed by burial at Cathedral Cemetery, 2400 Lancaster Avenue, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making donations to The Ministry of Caring, 115 East 14th Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801.


Submitted by Y. Holland on
"My Deepest Condolences go out to the Vassallo Fiorentino family, I hope you find comfort in these words, "He will swallow up death forever,......And will wipe away the tears from all faces. Isaiah 25:8. Trust in Jehovah's promise of the resurrection hope.