Marie A. Wysocki, 88, passed away in the presence of her family at her Wilmington home on September 3. She was born and raised in the Brandywine Hundred area of Wilmington, the daughter of Irvin and Marie Ross. She lived most of her adult life in Chadds Ford, PA.
She was pre-deceased in 2016 by her husband of over 67 years, Alex F. Wysocki. Their marriage was a role model of absolute love and devotion. It was an inspiration for all who knew them.
Growing up in a then-rural area, Mrs. Wysocki went first to Alfred I. DuPont School, which she always regarded with great affection, and later to P.S. DuPont High School. It was during her time here that she showcased her amazing basketball skills. Although she did not often discuss it, old box scores routinely show her scoring 40 or 50 points a game in that very different era of basketball.
In a later generation, her ability, intelligence and glamor would have made her a highly-recruited college athlete. But thankfully for her husband and children, she chose the path of raising and nurturing a family. Her genius for managing a household made it possible for her family to live in an orderly and tension-free environment.
In later years she was able to indulge her taste for travel, going with her husband on frequent trips to Europe and all over the United States. She had a special fondness for classic New York hotels such as the Waldorf-Astoria and the Plaza and loved her winters in South Carolina. Among her other interests were an encyclopedic knowledge of film and active involvement in Conservative political organizations.
In her final days she spoke often of how blessed she was and how grateful she was for the life she had lived. In her departure there was serenity and acceptance.
She is survived by her children Eric, Diana and Kathleen, all of Chadds Ford; Michael (Ann) of Newport, PA. and Alexander (Jean) of Mendenhall, PA. She is also survived by her grandchildren Holli, Michael, Amy, Mandy and Mary, seven great-grandchildren and her brothers Richard Ross (Edna), David Ross (Beverly), and William Ross (Maysie). Marie was preceded in death by her brother Irvin “Bud” Ross and sister Connie Cianci and her husband John.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday September 13 at 10am at the Church of the Holy Child, 2500 Naamans Road Wilmington 19810. Interment will follow at Longwood Cemetery, Kennett Square, PA.