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JoAnn M. (Ruggerio) Tidwell

August 14, 1932 ~ March 15, 2021 (age 88)

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Mrs. JoAnn M. Tidwell (Bams), age 88, of Wilmington, Delaware died peacefully with her loving daughter and son-in-law by her side on Monday, March 15, 2021.

 Born in Wilmington, DE on August 14, 1932, JoAnn graduated from Wilmington High School in 1950.

 A devout Catholic, JoAnn was a longtime parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua Church.  She was a dedicated volunteer for the annual Italian Festival since its inception and held a seat on the Steering Committee while working with the Chairman at that time, Anthony Latina.

 She was also a lifelong member of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality.  She also volunteered in the cafeteria at St. Anthony of Padua Grade School and Padua Academy.

 JoAnn was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Edward L. Tidwell, Jr. and her grandson, Jason Edward Kee.

 She was the daughter of the late Anna Greggo and Louis Ruggerio, Sr.  In addition to her parents, JoAnn was predeceased by her siblings; Dorothy Baldo, Lorraine Ferguson, Rose Cammock, Louis Ruggerio, Jr. and Ann Mason.

 She is survived by her devoted daughter, Lynn Marie Kee and her husband Terry, siblings Evelyn Tidwell and Nicholas Ruggerio (Renee).  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

 The family would like to thank Carpe VITA Home Care, especially her aide, Lori for the exceptional care of JoAnn and the nursing staff of Christiana Care HomeHealth, Vicky and Barbara and her Physical Therapist, Julie. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 19, 2021 at 1pm at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church 9th & DuPont Street Wilmington, DE. 19805.  Calling hours for Mrs. Tidwell are also Friday from 10:30am to 12:30pm at the Corleto Latina Family Center 807 N. Union Street Wilmington, De. 19805.  Interment is private following Mass in Cathedral Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Anthony of Padua Church, 901 N. DuPont Street, Wilmington, DE 19805 or St. Anthony of Padua Grade School, 1715 W. 9th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805.

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March 19, 2021

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Corleto Latina Family Center (N. Union Street, Wilmington, Cathedral Cemetery)

Mass of Christian Burial
March 19, 2021

1:00 PM
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
9th and Dupont Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19805

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