Frances Helen Daly, 94, died on November 14, 2012, at home in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, following a brief illness.
A first-generation American of Italian descent, Mrs. Daly was born Frances Helen Chickachop to Maria Viola and Camillo Chickachop (Ciccocioppi) on April 22, 1918, in Cedar Brook, N.J. She graduated from Hammonton High School and attended Strayer’s Business College, in Philadelphia.
Her husband of 68 years, George W. Daly, Capt. USN (Ret), predeceased her in 2010. They met in 1940 in Camden, when both worked at RCA Manufacturing, and married in 1942. Later, as a Navy family, they resided in Norfolk, Virginia; Annapolis, Maryland; Bayside, Queens; and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, before settling in Silver Spring, Maryland, where they finished raising their six children. They retired to Port St. Lucie, Florida, before moving to Middletown, Delaware, in 1999.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Daly maintained a love of language, with a special fondness for poetry and proverbs. Always proud of her Italian heritage, in her eighties she once again began to use the Italian she had spoken while growing up. She was an avid swimmer and water safety instructor and also had a special talent for gardening. For eighteen years she shared horticulture advice as a Master Gardener for the state of Florida. Well-known for her interest in and concern for others, she was a dedicated volunteer, assisting patients at the Port St. Lucie (Florida) Hospital. She was a gentle mentor to countless friends and relatives and will be gratefully remembered for her guidance and support of their educational, professional and personal pursuits.
Mrs. Daly had the rare ability to accept and befriend people easily. Her empathy, her easy laugh, her practical nature, and her ability to find comforting truths (and humor) in difficult situations endeared her to all who knew her.
Her life was enriched by her long and loving relationship with family and relatives, including her husband, George; her older sister, Carmella Nobel of Atco, N.J.; and her children and their spouses: Joan and Martin Mason of Odessa, Delaware; George, Jr., and Mary Anne Daly of Mill Valley, Calif.; Mary Ann and Paul West of Berkeley Heights, New Jersey; Barbara and Gerhard Gnaedig of Greenwich, Conn.; John and Taylor Daly of Atlanta, Ga.; and Peter and Patricia Daly of Clarksburg, Md. She had thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Mary Landels Daly; her sisters, Rose Colofransen and Helen Iannaco; and her brothers, Andrew, Nicholas, and Joseph Chickachop.
Mrs. Daly will be remembered for her loving nature, her grace and wit, and especially her deep and genuine interest in the lives of others. Her caring, joyful nature contributed deeply to the lives of those she touched. She will be profoundly missed, as she was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend to the very end of her life.
Page 2 of 2 - A visitation will be held from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on Friday, November 23 at St. Joseph’s Church, 371 E. Main Street, Middletown, Del. with a funeral mass following immediately afterwards. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, 399 North Street, Greenwich, Conn. on Saturday, November 24 at 2:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Tutwiler Clinic, 205 Alma Street, Tutwiler, MS 38963-0462.