On Tuesday, July 24, 2018, Dolores Ragazzo, 87, passed away after a short but fierce battle with cancer. She was born in Wilmington, Delaware on August 9th, 1930 to William Czachorowski and Cecilia A. Czachorowski and is proceeded in death by her mother and father, a brother, William Czachorowski, and her husband of 51 years, Joseph John Ragazzo. Dolores is survived by her two sons, Joseph Rocco (Sara) and Dino John (Christine), her sister, Agnes Morris (Harvey), and seven grandchildren - Nick Ragazzo (Megan), Matt Ragazzo, Shelby Ragazzo, Gabby Ragazzo, Leo Ragazzo, Christopher Cameron and William Cameron - and over 40 nieces and nephews.
Anyone who knew Dolores (or Dee as she called herself) knew that she had a strong Polish constitution and an independence and resilience that served her well throughout her life. All that strength was wrapped in an unflappable positive outlook . . . she truly saw her world through rose-colored glasses. She had an infectious laugh and she loved her family - especially her two sons - unconditionally. Dolores spent most of her life raising her boys adjacent to their family’s flower nursery in Wilmington, but her love for the beach lured her and her late-husband to build a beautiful ocean-side home in Bethany, Delaware. Ultimately, she and Joe relocated to Naples, Florida so they could enjoy the warmth and the ocean year-round. She lived in Naples until the time of her death, and her fondest memories of late include activities shared with her two very dear friends, Mary and Barbara.
Family and friends will join in a celebration of Dolores’ life at a viewing on Friday, August 3rd from 6:00 – 8:00pm at McCrery & Harra Funeral Home (3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE), and at a Mass of Christian Burial the next day, Saturday, August 4th at 10:00am at St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine (10 Old Church Rd, Greenville, DE). Burial will follow the service at Cathedral Cemetery (2400 Lancaster Ave., Wilmington, DE).
Donations in memory of Dolores can be made to VITAS / Hospice of Naples @ 4980 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 102, Naples, FL 34103.