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Dolores A. Meleski, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, peacefully passed away on Sunday, February 4 surrounded by her loving family. She died of a broken heart having lost her beloved husband, Stanley, 6 months earlier. Dolores, or Dolly as she was known, was the third of five children born in Jersey City, NJ to Joseph and Anna (Sullivan) Dunphy. She had two older brothers who predeceased her: Jack (Clare) Dunphy and Joseph (Jean) Dunphy; her younger sister and best friend, Claire (John) Carlyle and her younger brother, Aedan (Carol) Dunphy.
Dolly grew up in Bayonne, NJ, loved being Irish, and was a proud graduate of Holy Family Catholic Academy. She used her education to forge a successful career as an executive secretary and homemaker. On May 12, 1956, she married her childhood sweetheart, Stan, shortly after he returned home from the Korean War.
Dolly began her professional career at Baker Castor Oil, Bayonne, NJ serving until they relocated in 1959 to Wilmington, DE. They immediately began their family and were blessed with four children, 8 grandchildren and countless friends. She returned to the workforce in 1972 becoming an executive assistant at ICI, today known as AstraZeneca. Dolly and Stan retired on the same day in 1996 and enjoyed 27 years celebrating the good life with family and friends. Dolly loved spending time with their beloved children and grandchildren and traveling the globe.
Partners in life for 67 years, Stan and Dolly raised four beautiful children instilling in them a love for their Faith and a strong work ethic. Long-term parishioners of St. John the Beloved Catholic Church, they sacrificed to be sure their children received the best education – proudly sending all four to St. Mark’s Catholic High School.
In 1983, Stan and Dolly purchased a vacation home in Sea Isle City, New Jersey and shared it with anyone who cared to make the drive. There was never a dull moment or a meal missed. As our extended family continued to grow, countless visitors came to the sea and were welcomed into Stan and Dolly’s special form of hospitality. It was wonderful and we miss it so much.
Dolly met many friends over the years and was an active volunteer for countless organizations including the Girl Scouts, Hagley Museum, Newark Senior Surfers Computer Club, the New Castle County Irish Club, the Kirkwood exercise club and St. John the Beloved Catholic Church.
In her own words,
- My most precious moments were spent with my children, grandchildren, and extended family members and friends making precious memories at our home or “at the Shore.”
- My favorite holiday was July 4th and all that comes with it.
- I want to be remembered as someone who loved her family and left an “AfterGlow” on this world.
Dolly is predeceased by her beloved husband of 67 years, Stanley (Stan) Meleski; She is survived by her son Mark (Suzanne) Meleski of Romansville, PA and daughters Joanne (Brian) Senn of Austin, TX, Theresa (Terry) Rose of North Hanover, NJ and Barbara Rose of Bordentown, NJ; grandchildren, Anna (Brian) Vieira, Mitchell Meleski, Tara Senn, Lyla Senn, Dylan Rose, Aidan Rose, Christine Rose, and Mackenzie Rose.
The family invites all to Celebrate Dolly’s life with us. Visitation will be held beginning at 10:30AM on Monday, February 12 at St. John the Beloved, 907 Milltown Road, Wilmington, DE 19808. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30AM. Should you wish, the family graciously asks that donations be made in Dolly’s memory to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE 19713 or online, https://www.littlesistersofthepoordelaware.org/
Internment will be Tuesday, March 5 at 10:00 am at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road Bear, Delaware 19701.
Little Sisters of the Poor (Jeanne Jugan Residence)
185 Salem Church Road, Newark DE 19713