Maryanne G. Duus

Maryanne G. Duus, age 78, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully at Seasons Hospice on Thursday, September 19, 2019 surrounded by her family.

Born in Newark, NJ, Maryanne was the daughter of the late Stephen and Marie (Waters) Freeman. She graduated from St. Matthew’s Elementary School and St. Elizabeth’s High School. Until her retirement, she was a secretary at Ursuline Academy for over 14 years. Previously, she worked as a telephone operator at Budd Poly Chem for three years. She was also an active member of St. John the Beloved Parish and School.

Maryanne will be dearly missed by her husband of 54 years, Henry G. Duus, III; and her sons, Henry G. IV (Kimberly) of Newark, DE, Michael S. of Wilmington and Matthew K. (Elizabeth) of Cape Coral, FL; and her beloved grandchildren, Madeline, Henry Jr., Stephen and Jonathan. She is also survived by her brother, Robert Freeman (Kathy) of Fort Mill, SC, as well as nieces, nephews and friends.

Maryanne was generous and always willing to help others – she will be fondly remembered as “Mrs. D” to all her sons’ friends. She enjoyed crocheting, playing cards, Eagles football, and every moment of being a mother and grandma.

Friends and family are invited to visitation on Wednesday, September 25th between 5 and 7 PM at Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road, Wilmington. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, September 26th at 10 AM at St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Road, Wilmington.

Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial/honor of gift donations be made to Little Sisters of the Poor Delaware:  Condolences may be made by visiting


Submitted by Allie Magnotti on
Aunt Maryanne will always be remembered by me for her warm smiles, hugs, laughter and kindness. I have a special place in my heart for her, I remember sitting around the white table at the beach playing cards as a kid and watching her crochet beautiful blankets in the living room. I pray for everyone’s comfort in knowing she is at peace and no longer in pain. Love & Hugs - Cousin Allie

Submitted by Kenny Pontari on
Aunt Maryanne, I will always remember the summers when all the windows were open to Aunt Phylis’s and Aunt Maryanne Would be sitting at the white table early in the morning. She would see me heading out to the dock and she would yell out behind the screen “ you better be careful Out in that boat wear your life jacket” I would tell her no worries Aunt Maryanne I’m good. She was an awesome Lady! I will miss her! Love Kenny Jr.

Submitted by Patricia duus on
My sister in law, Mary Anne was a beautiful woman in soul as well as body. I have known her since 5th grade when she began dating my brother Hank. I remember playing touch football on the beach and MaryAnne always had on her two piece bathing suit with the red tartan plaid top and red band with white pleated skirt. She will remain in my memory as that young girl at the beach with the beautiful smile and face. But the real memory is the woman who was my sister in law and friend, and was always calm and practical. She loved all of us.

Submitted by Nancy Farenski on
Hank and Sons, Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your wife and mother. Maryann holds a very special place in the hearts and memories of our family. Sincerely, Joe & Nancy Farenski & Family

Submitted by Sandra Reardon on
To the family of my childhood best friend. Maryann and I travelled from grade school at St Matthews to our graduation at Saint Elizabeth’s. Then took the trip of a lifetime on the Cunard Mauritania. Just the two of us at 19 years old. My Mom and Dad would never allow me to go with anyone else but Maryann. My best friend was level headed and cautious. A hard working student she was the funniest person I grew up with. But most of all Maryann was good... deeply good. She would never hurt anyone in any way. She never felt the need to retaliate for an offense or angry hurtful words. Maryann was a lover of the Lord. She was a wonderful daughter to her parents. She was a truly great friend to me until we married and drifted to different worlds. The most wonderful memory was on that cruise to the islands... as we took the ship tender to the beach on the Island of Barbados, a Steel Band was playing her song “Maryann”. She was delighted and did that little jig. I will never forget her face. What a fine friend. I regret not keeping up with her. To all of you who love Maryann, I send you my love for the hole in your heart that can never be filled. Someday we will meet again Maryann Sandra Marcozzi Reardon

Submitted by George Klein on
To Hank III and family: So sorry for your loss, Hank. I feel for you and will have good thoughts for Maryanne. Take Care my friend. George Klein "57

Submitted by Joan Boyken on
Maryanne and I were first cousins and although I hadn't seen her much in recent years, last time was 2011, we always kept in touch. Her father and my dad were brothers and very close and although we lived in northern NJ and they were in DE we visited them all the time. Maryanne was a great and fun loving person, I loved the twinkle in her eyes and her sense of humor, we definitely shared a lot of Freeman traits, only the good ones of course. I am sorry that I cannot make the funeral to say good-bye to one of my closest cousins who I loved and will miss greatly. With much love I offer my condolences to her amazing family.

Submitted by Jane Bradley on
To Maryanne’s family, I met Maryanne when I first went down to the shore in Brigantine with Pat in 9th grade. She was so friendly to all of us teenagers, but she also kept a close eye out to make sure we were safe. I will always remember her sitting at the table laughing. What a great picture. My dad worked with her father at GM and always spoke so highly of him. I remember visiting the Freemans probably 50 years ago. Hank, my heart goes out to you and all your family. You’re in my prayers.

Submitted by Jessica Persoleo on
Maryanne was our beloved school secretary when I came as a brand new, 21 year old teacher to Ursuline. She was so welcoming and lovely to me as a nervous new teacher and I have many memories of her - including how she was skilled with a sewing machine and made many of our Christmas Pageant costumes! Sending support and prayers to the Duus Family.

Submitted by Joseph T. Farenski on
I will always have wonderful memories of Mrs. D... When we were all just kids, our meeting place/clubhouse was the entirety of the Duus home. Every day, our bikes would litter the front yard and driveway. We'd occupy the dining room table to play games on, hijack the t.v. to watch cartoons, raid the fridge and kitchen cabinets hourly, and would stream in and out at all hours of the day and night. Looking back all these years later, we really were a bunch of rotten little savages.   Despite this, Mrs. D always welcomed us kids into her home, day after day. I'll always remember her wearing her "Mrs. Roper" nightgowns, with beaded necklaces around her neck and a Winston cigarette in her hand, dealing with all of us wild animals with levels of patience that normally only a saint would possess. She fed us, wrapped bandages around us, and raised Holy Hell at us when we went out of our way to do something particularly idiotic. She treated us as if we were her own kids, and each of us were truly lucky to be one of "Mrs. D's boys". She was, and will continue to be- loved. With sincere condolences,Joseph FarenskiMarietta, GA

Submitted by Kim (Farenski) ... on
I am deeply saddened to hear of Mrs. Duus’ passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you Mr. Duus, Hank, Mike & Matt. With heartfelt condolences, Kim

Submitted by MARY SCRAMLIN on
What a fabulous lady. Warm, loving and fun. I have so many fond memories of her. Spent so much great time with her three sons and Mr. D, too. She adopted me as Mary Beverin "Duus" as a kid. Was a great example as my Confirmation sponsor. Bless her soul! Love and condolences to all of her family...she will be missed!!

Submitted by Susannah Powell on
I will always remember Maryanne as such a wonderful person. Whenever I was blessed to see her, I enjoyed talking with her very much. She had a heart of gold. Maryanne is in Gods arms now.