Diane Joan DiTolvo, 66


Diane Joan DiTolvo, 66, of Millsboro, Del., joined her loved ones in heaven on Jan. 1, 2017, passing away after fighting acute myeloid leukemia for the past year. She was born Jan. 30, 1950, in Perth Amboy, N.J., to Frank Skibinski and Helen (Ciejak) Skibinski.

DiTolvo graduated from Sayreville War Memorial High School in 1968 and went to work in the International Quality Control & Purchasing Department at E.R. Squibb & Sons Inc. In 1970, she married the love of her life, Frank DiTolvo. They settled in Manville, N.J., where she stayed at home to raise her daughters. She made dear friends during this time.

The family moved to Millsboro in 1985, and DiTolvo returned to work part-time, as a chiropractic assistant, a few years later. In 1990, she began working fulltime at the Indian River Senior Center, where she was the director for 18 years. DiTolvo retired to care for her husband. After he passed away, she became a mentor at Long Neck Elementary, an accomplished painter, a frequent traveler and the best babysitting grandmother any kids could ask for. Her other hobbies included tending to her flowers, making homemade crafts for gifts, enjoying many types of music and taking pictures of hummingbirds and sunsets.

DiTolvo was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Patricia; an infant son, Kevin; and her husband, Frank. She is survived by two daughters, Laura Kucharik and her husband, Thomas, of Lewes, Del., and Christine DiTolvo of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a sister, Judy Twardos and her husband, Walter, of Parlin, N.J.; a brother, Frank Skibinski and his wife, Jan, of Golden, Colo.; three grandchildren, William, Anna and Elena Kucharik of Lewes; beloved relatives-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

DiTolvo’s family thanked all the caring nurses and doctors at Christiana Care, Tunnell Cancer Center, Beebe Healthcare and Delaware Hospice.

A memorial service was scheduled for Jan. 7, 2017, at Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, Del. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested donating to a local blood bank, joining the marrow registry as a potential donor at https://join.bethematch.org, and/or sending a monetary donation to Indian River Senior Center; 214 Irons Ave.; Millsboro, DE 19966.