Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Passing of Lucille (Juliano) Catalino

On Tuesday of this week, Lucille E. (Juliano) Catalino, wife of Thomas J. Catalino Jr., passed away at the age of 96. Her husband was a fellow "Squirrel Runner", and a very close friend of my grandfather, Ernest Salvo. The obituary in the Wilmington News Journal reads as follows:

"Mrs. Lucille E. (Juliano) Catalino, age 96 of Wilmington, DE, passed away on August 25, 2009.

Lucille was born in Bridgeton, NJ on August 14, 1913, daughter of the late Thomas and Elizabeth (Ruggerio) Juliano. She was a lifelong member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish. A loving and adoring homemaker, she was endlessly devoted to her loved ones.

Lucille was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Thomas J. Catalino Jr., in 1981; and 12 siblings, including her twin sister, Clementine "Tina" Betts, and Pauline Miller. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Lu Catalino Roberts, with whom she lived, and Angela DeMaio; son, Thomas J. Catalino, III (Eileen); grandchildren, Jody Gould (Eric), Joseph Roberts (Kerri), Scott Roberts (Robyn), Christy DeMaio, Heather Catalino, and Amy Keeler (Tim); great-grandchildren, Adam and Emma Gould, Lorelai Roberts, Cecelia Roberts, and Evan DeMaio; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Kathleen Catalino, whom along with grandson, Scott Roberts, served as primary caregiver.

The family extends their deepest gratitude to the nurses, aides, and volunteers from Blessed Home and Delaware Hospice for their attentive and compassionate care of Lucille.

A Funeral Service will be held at the CHARLES P. ARCARO FUNERAL HOME, 2309 Lancaster Ave. in Wilmington, on Friday morning, August 28, at 11:30 am. Interment will follow in Cathedral Cemetery, Wilmington. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday morning, prior to service, from 10-11:30 am.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Delaware, 2306 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, DE 19805 or to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810.

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If any of our readers have a photo of Mrs. Catalino that we can include with this posting, please let me know.


  1. Hi Jim - My name is Joe Roberts, I'm Lucille's grandson (middle child of Mary Lu Catalino, Lucille's oldest child).

    Just wanted to thank you for mentioning her on the blog, you have a unique blog here and it's teaching me quite a bit about my grandfather's past - thanks for that!

    We certainly have pictures of Lucille that we may be able to share, I'll see what I can do about scanning some of them in for you.


  2. Hello Joe,

    Thank you for reaching out to us here. I have sent you an email.


    Jim Brady III

  3. Dear Jim,
    I am Lucille & Thomas' grand-daughter (Joe's sister). Thank you for posting the information about my grandmother & for the blog. I have been trying to pass on as much family history as I can to my own kids - those school trips to the Hagley Museum should have a special meaning for them- I think you blog will help.
    Jody (Roberts) Gould

  4. Hello Jody,

    Thank you for visiting the site and for your comment. I'm glad that this site is able to help you and your family. Would you or Joe be able to tell me where the Catalino general store once stood? Also, does anyone in your family have any pictures of it, inside or out?


    Jim Brady III

  5. Hi, Jim,
    I don't have any pictures of the store, but I'll ask some family members about it.