Nancy Applegate Valiante passed away peacefully on April 13, 2018, surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Michael, and their beloved daughter Krista.
Born June 21, 1953 she was the daughter of the late Walter and Marian Applegate. Although raised mainly in her hometown of Wilmington, Nancy also spent significant portions of her life in Ocean City, NJ.
Nancy graduated from Wilmington Friends School and went on to college at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio. During her college years and for many years following, she was very active in the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.
Nancy worked for over 28 years in branch banking, originally starting with the Delaware Trust Company. It was there that she met her husband. She remained with that company through numerous buyouts before retiring in 2007. Nancy was a dedicated employee and took pride in her work ethic and service to customers. It was not unusual for her to be greeted by former customers who remembered her from decades prior when she worked at the Prices Corner and Capitol Trail locations.
Nancy was kind to everyone she met and was always open to trying new things. She loved historical places and relished visiting them. As a devoted wife, she enjoyed spending time with her husband and willingly took up many of his hobbies. Raised as an only child, she especially liked to spend time with his extended family for weekend outings or marathon board game sessions. Her experience as an only child also allowed her to be equally comfortable in solitude and she was an avid reader and puzzle solver.
Without a doubt Nancy’s biggest pride and joy was in her role as a mother to her daughter Krista. Even though she was a working mother through all of Krista’s youth, she always found time to support her daughter and attend her many activities.
Michael would especially like to thank his sisters Diana and Mary, his brother Joseph, his brothers- in-law Roy and Nick, and his sister-in-law Donna who were always supportive of Nancy but especially so during the last few months of her life.
Funeral services will be held at the MEALEY FUNERAL HOME, 2509 Limestone Road, Wilmington on Wednesday evening at 8 PM, where friends may call after 7 PM. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Sunday Breakfast Mission, 110 Poplar St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Mealeyfuneralhomes.com