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Official Obituary of

Deborah Cortese Bowden

October 28, 1972 ~ March 28, 2024 (age 51) 51 Years Old
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Deborah Bowden Obituary

Deborah Cortese Bowden, 51, of Middletown, Delaware passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2024.

Born in Wilmington on October 28, 1972, Debbie was a graduate of St. Mark’s High School and Delaware Technical & Community College, earning her degree in nursing.  She was previously employed with Christiana Care, and was currently employed with Acme Markets.  Debbie cared deeply for others, especially those in need and was always ready to lend a helping hand.  She also cared deeply for animals.

Debbie is survived by her sons, Brandon Bowden and Justin Bowden; her father, Michael Cortese; her mother, Joan (Brzostowski) Muschiatti and husband, Larry; her step-brothers, Jeff Muschiatti, David Muschiatti and Michael Muschiatti (Laura); her step-sister, Debi Muschiatti Olsen (Curtis); her nieces, Ashley, Kelly and MaKayla Muschiatti; her uncles and aunts, Joe Brzostowski (Linda), John Brzostowski (Laura), Jean Catanese (George) and Julie Keating (Jim); her dear Alesi family; and her Cortese Cousins.

Debbie was predeceased by her partner, Tony Alesi; her grandmother, Julia Brzostowski; her uncles, Edward and William Cortese.  In addition, she was predeceased by Brandon and Justin’s father, Doug Bowden.

Family and friends are invited to visit at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek on Friday, April 5 from 12:00 – 1:00PM.  Funeral services will begin at 1:00PM, immediately followed by interment in All Saints Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Debbie may be made to Humane Animal Partners, 455 Stanton Christiana Road, Newark, DE 19713 (

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April 5, 2024

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Doherty Funeral Home - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek
Wilmington, DE 19808

Funeral Service
April 5, 2024

1:00 PM
Doherty Funeral Home - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek
Wilmington, DE 19808

Interment following funeral service
April 5, 2024

All Saints Cemetery
6001 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington, DE 19808


Humane Animal Partners
455 Stanton Christiana Road, Newark DE 19713


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