Maddalena Personti, 87, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Born in Philadelphia, PA on November 14, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Sabatino and Antoinette (DiFabio) Troiani. On June 7, 1952, Maddalena married her one and only love, Paul Personti, who preceded her in death in 1992.
Maddalena cherished family. She was a very creative person and passed that on to her children and grandchildren. She was an artist, having created many beautiful watercolor and oil paintings, and was a long time student of Wilmington artist Ed Loper Sr. as well as a long standing member of the Chestertown League. Always crafting, she was known for the Christmas ornaments given to family and friends each year. Her door was always open to anyone who needed anything.
She truly was an amazing wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother. Maddalena is survived by her children, James Personti (Joann), Mel Personti, Dea Fawcett (Charlie), Paul Personti Jr. (Debbie), Anne Aronson (Bruce); her fourteen grandchildren, Domenica Personti (Brian Rollo), Christina Personti, Jennifer Personti, Rebekah Nuttall, Paul Personti III (Amy), Erik Aronson (Christina), Valarie Strzempa (James), Melissa Aronson, James Personti Jr., Samantha Aronson, Elise Denny (Christopher), Charles Fawcett III, Corbin Personti and Sarah Fawcett; her fifteen great grandchildren, Sabrina Tjaden, Joshua D. Upole, Gabriella Upole, Aiden North, Vincenza Rollo, Tessa Personti, Noah Personti, Emma Aronson, Cruz Altemus, Madison Personti, Aria Strzempa, Max Aronson, Ava Aronson, Roy Stretch, Niko Forde and Leonidas Goodwin; many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Maddalena was predeceased by her granddaughter, Veronica Personti; her brothers, Arthur and Italo Troiani; her sisters, Esther Ricci and Irma Florimbi.
Family and friends are invited to visit at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek on Tuesday, July 28 from 4:00-6:00PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4th Street and Bancroft Parkway, Wilmington on Wednesday, July 29 at 10:00AM, immediately followed by interment in Lower Brandywine Cemetery, 117 Old Kennett Road, Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to a charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements for Maddalena will be conducted in accordance with COVID-19 directives, which require mandatory face masks, attendance capacity limitations and social distancing at the funeral home, church and cemetery.
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