Theresa M. Ruane

Age 91, of Hockessin, DE, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Millcroft Nursing Home surrounded by her family.

Born in Wilmington, Theresa was the daughter of the late Bernard and Josephine (Pufahl) McManus.  She was a graduate of Delaware Hospital School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse for over 30 years at the Delaware Division Hospital.  Her memberships included Holy Angels Church and the Parish of the Resurrection. Her husband, Francis O. Ruane, predeceased her in 2011.

Theresa will be dearly missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Brian Dalphon of Hockessin; her sons, Kevin Ruane of Christiana and Mark Ruane of Austin, TX; and three grandchildren, Matthew, Kristin and Connor.  Also surviving her are her brother, Lawrence “Dinny” McManus and her sister-in-law, Lil; and her sister-in-law, Ruth McManus of Seaford, DE.

The family would especially like to thank the staff at Somerford Place, Millcroft Nursing Home and Seasons Hospice.

Friends and family are invited to visitation on Tuesday, March 6th between 6 and 8 PM at Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road, Wilmington.  A committal service will be held on Wednesday morning at 10 AM at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Dementia Society of America, 322 W. 52nd St., New York City, NY 10019 or  Condolences may be made by visiting


Submitted by Y. Holland on
"My deepest Sympathy go to the Ruane family, may your memories of your loss loved one comfort you and your family today and always, please take comfort in God's word at 2 Corinthians 1:3 "Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort".

Submitted by Rachael Macauley on
Kevin, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Submitted by Angela L Lewis on
Kevin Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Mother. My prayers of comfort and strength are sent to you and your family.

Submitted by Olivia on
I am so sorry for your loss. There is nothing more painful in this world than losing your loved one. I would like to share an encouraging massage in the book of Revelation 21:4. It says ''And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.''please read this accompanied with your Bible. I hope this message gives you courage, hope and peace that you deserve in this time of bereavement.

Submitted by Rebecca on
I am sorry for your loss. May you find  from the love and care that surrounds you and comfort in the memories that you shared. Please accept my sincere condolences. 2 Thessalonians 2:16 ,17