Donald J Oakes

Born: Sun., Jun. 21, 1936
Died: Thu., Apr. 14, 2011


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Wed., Apr. 20, 2011
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Funeral Service

11:30 AM Wed., Apr. 20, 2011

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Mr. Donald “Donnie” J. Oakes of Wilmington, Delaware, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Christiana Hospital surrounded by his loving family.  Donnie was born on June 21, 1936, at St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington.  He was the son of the late Harry L. and Edna M. (Lewis) Oakes.  

Donnie graduated from Wilmington High School. He was an ironworker with Local 451, where he worked on the construction of several bridges in the Tri-State area.  The most memorable was the second span of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, which opened on September 12, 1968.  Later, Donnie worked for several roofing companies prior to starting his own business, “Oakes Roofing”, until his retirement in 2007.  
Donnie was an active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Club Holy Name Society and also a member of the American Legion Post No. 127, Durney Post.  He enjoyed spending time with his friends at the Union Street Social Club.
Donnie enjoyed fishing, crabbing and sitting on the beach, relaxing and watching the ocean.  He also enjoyed football, especially the Philadelphia Eagles, with his family and his beloved grandchildren and friends.

Donnie will be sadly missed by his loving   wife of 38 years, Ferdinanda “Faye” (Capparuccini) Oakes;  3 children Donna M. Paulus and her husband  Russell A. Paulus  of Ocean View, DE,  Donald J. Oakes ,Jr., and Judith A. Oakes of Dover, DE; 6 grandchildren Nicole DiBiaso; Russ, Stefanie and Meghan Paulus; Michael and Kelly Oakes; and a great granddaughter Aubrey Dufaj;  his brother William M.Oakes (Trisha Meade) of Lewes, DE; 4 sisters Shirley A. McGinley (John) of Harbeson, DE, Patricia E.Palmer (Thomas) of New Castle, Judith Franciscus (James) of Downingtown, PA, and Kathleen M. Piunti (Timothy Harris) of New Castle; many nieces and nephews, especially nephew Francesco A. Vattilana, and niece, Daniella M. Share (Ryan) of North Hampton, PA; and great nieces Jessica Marina and Alyssa Rose Share also of North Hampton, PA.   Surviving Donnie also are his mother- in- law Marina Capparuccini; sister- in- law Maria Felicia Vattilana and brother-in-law Ezio Vattilana, all of Hockessin, and an aunt Florence Ventresca of Wilmington.

In addition to his parents, Donnie was predeceased  by his brothers Robert B. Oakes Sr., and Harry R. “Juni” Oakes; and his father- in- law Francesco A. Capparuccini.

Family and friends are invited to  Mass of Christian burial Wednesday April 20, 2011, at 11:30am at St. Elizabeth’s Roman Catholic Church, Cedar and Clayton Streets,  Calling hours are also Wednesday from 9-11:00 am at the Corleto-Latina Funeral Home. 808 N. Union St. Entombment will follow Mass in the True Faith  Garden Mausoleum at Cathedral Cemetery,.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes you to consider donations to St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 809 S. Broom Street, Wilmington, DE, 19805.

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Holly Murtagh Shinn
   Posted Mon April 18, 2011
Dear Faye,

Please accept my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I was so sad to hear of Donnie''s passing. You are in my heart and my prayers, always.

Love, Holly

Cesidia Spoltore Pellegrini and Donato Pellegrini
   Posted Mon April 18, 2011
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your husband, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

   Posted Tue April 19, 2011
donna,robin and i are very sorry for the loss of your oakes was a very good man. our thoughts and prayers are with you, donnie, faye,russell and of course everyone else.please take care of each other if you need any thing please let us know your friend always bump

Kim Hall
   Posted Wed April 20, 2011
So sorry to hear of your father''s passing. My prayers are with you and your family at this time or sorrow.

Rose Coper
   Posted Thu April 21, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss.
In the family’s time of mourning I hope you will take comfort in that Jehovah God has made a wonderful promise for a resurrection into his Kingdom that is recorded at Revelation 21:3, “ And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, …With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them.  And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

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