William "Bill" Cortese

August 23, 1944 ~ November 7, 2020 (age 76)


William “Bill” Cortese, age 76, passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

Born in Wilmington, DE, Bill was the son of the late Thomas F. and Agnes M. (Duffy) Cortese. He grew up in Forty Acres and attended St. Ann Catholic Church and School. Bill was a graduate of Salesianum High School Class of 1962, as well as Wilmington University with a Bachelor of Science.

Bill enjoyed volunteering and was very active at the St. Francis Senior Center. He loved learning new things and was always taking some kind of course whether it was bible studies, educational studies or public speaking with Toastmasters. Bill treasured his Elvis Presley memorabilia collection. Most recently, he was learning to crochet.

Bill was predeceased by his parents and his brothers, Thomas and Charles Cortese. He is survived by his brothers, Edward G. and Michael A. Cortese, as well as many nieces and nephews. Bill was loved by all and will be dearly missed.

Family and friends may visit from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM on Friday, November 13 at Doherty Funeral Home, 1900 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, DE 19806. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM at St. Ann Catholic Church, 2013 Gilpin Ave., Wilmington, DE 19806. Interment will follow at Cathedral Cemetery.

Funeral services will be conducted in accordance of current COVID-19 guidelines, including mandatory face masks and social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Senior Center, 1072 Justison St., Wilmington, DE 19801.

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November 13, 2020

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Doherty Funeral Home - Wilmington
1900 Delaware Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19806

Mass of Christian Burial
November 13, 2020

11:00 AM
St. Ann Church
2013 Gilpin Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19806

Interment following Mass
November 13, 2020

Cathedral Cemetery
2400 Lancaster Ave.
Wilmington, DE 19805


St. Francis Senior Center
1072 Justison St., Wilmington DE 19801

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