Angela T. “Gingie” Campese, age 99, of Wilmington, DE, surrounded by her loving family and just 3 months shy of her 100th birthday, Angela T. Campese died peacefully in Wilmington Hospital on Thursday, September 7th, 2017, after a short illness. She was born in Wilmington and was the daughter of Antonio and Josephine DeLellis.
Gingie, as she was affectionately known by friends and family, was a lifelong resident of the Wilmington area. She graduated from the old Wilmington High School and from Beacom Business College (now Goldey Beacom College). Upon graduation, she began a career at the former Mullin’s department store and eventually rose to be the executive secretary to the then CEO J. Paul Mullin. Upon her marriage to Frank Campese, with whom she shared 58 years of marriage until his death in January 2003, her life then became dedicated to the raising of her two sons.
She will always be remembered for hosting, along with her husband Frank, the long running traditional July 4th family picnic. In later years, and even until the age of 99, she looked forward to her weekly visit to play the slot machines at Delaware Park. She was a lifelong devout Catholic. She volunteered for many years at St. Anthony’s Festival helping serve spaghetti dinners and had been a member of St. Mary Magdalen Church since its establishment in 1951.
In addition to her parents, Gingie was preceded in death by her husband Frank and her five siblings, brother Vincent DeLellis and sisters, Victoria Marini, Sophie Ruggiero, Marie D’Andrea and Ellen DeLellis.
She will be sadly missed by her sons, Francis J. (Skip) Campese, Jr. (Diane) of Wilmington, Joseph A. Campese of Newark; her three grandchildren, Joseph L. Suto (Dione) of Kennett Square, PA; Jason F. Suto (Steven) of Middletown, DE; and Diane Marie Campese of Philadelphia; her three great-grandchildren Claire, Nathan and Isabella; and by many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 A.M. on Tuesday, September 12, at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 9 Sharpley Road, in Wilmington where family and friends are invited to call between 9:45 and 10:45 A.M. Burial will follow at Cathedral Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Red Cross or to St. Mary Magdalen Church.

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