Joan Marie Dalphon, 86

Joan Marie Dalphon, 86, of Bethany Beach, Del., passed away peacefully in her home on May 21, 2018, after a long illness.

Born Sept. 5, 1931, Dalphon grew up in Wilmington, Del., and graduated from Pierre S. duPont High School in 1949. She spent her life loving and taking care of her children and grandchildren. She often played golf and during her senior years ran in 5K races.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Dalphon is survived by her husband of 67 years, Charles F. Dalphon Jr. of Bethany Beach; a sister, Shirley Nardo; her children, Charles F. Dalphon III and his wife, Dorothy L. Dalphon,, Karen A. Cesna and her husband, Eric S. Cesna, and Brian D. Dalphon and his wife, Susan L. Dalphon; nine grandchildren, Dana Berry, Steven Dalphon and his wife, Katie Dalphon, Matthew Dalphon, Hilary Cesna, Kristin Dalphon, Katelyn Dalphon, Alex Cesna, Connor Dalphon and Haley Dalphon; and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Dalphon’s life will be held Friday, May 25, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Road, Ocean View, Del., where friends and family may visit one hour prior. Interment is to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at