In New Haven, July 1, 2011, Phyllis Hesselmeyer DelGiudice, 84 of Hamden, wife of the late Michael J. (Mickey Dell) DelGiudice. Loving mother of David (Nancy) DelGiudice of Stamford and Stephen (Felicia) DelGiudice of Sandy Hook. Caring grandmother of Nicholas, Brianna and Samantha DelGiudice of Sandy Hook She leaves several nieces Candace Cecarelli of Branford, CT, Geraldine Pontius of Baltimore, MD and Marilyn (Jack) Mundale of Needmore, PA and a nephew, Frederick (Nancy) Pontius of Riverside, CA. Sister of the late Doris Pontius. Phyllis was born on May 28, 1927, a daughter of the late Frederick and Norma Koenig Hesselmeyer. Phyllis lived and grew up in Hamden much of her life. She attended The Gateway School then the The Westminster College and then transfered to Elmira College to complete her Bachelor's Degree in English with a minor in music. Phyllis then pursued her love of music opening up a Music Studio on Dixwell Ave. with her well know husband, The New Haven Band Leader and Musician, Mickey Dell. Her strong, nurturing, kind and most caring personality matched well in helping educate and teach children the joy of music. Phyllis then went on to receive her MA Degree in Elementary Education from Southern CT State College. She taught elementary grades and music education as a Certifed CT Teacher in Shelton, New Haven and Hamden School Districts. During retirement, Phyllis worked with her husband and used her musicianship as an accomplished teacher/pianist to organize after school musical activities for children at a number of area public and private schools. She loved to be involved in religious, civic and community activities. She was an active member of St. Thomas's Episcopal Church since 1968 and served on the Managing Board of the St.Thomas's Day School. She was a 50 year member of Alice Chapter #76, Order of the Eastern Star, where she was bestowed the honor of serving as a Past Worthy Matron of this organization in the 1960's. A most caring and loving wife, mother and grandmother, Phyllis enjoyed singing, knitting, reading, gardening, taking care of her family, playing music with her husband, days at the beach with her sons and taking care of her pets. The family wishes to thank all the most caring staff at the Hamden Healthcare Center, The Hospital of St. Raphael and The Dana-Farber Cancer Center. Special Thanks to Debbie Colandro, Christina Silvestri, Dr. Frank Mongillo III, Dr. Johanna Lasala as well as Dr. Steven Treon at the Dana–Farber Cancer Institute in helping her live an honorable and dignified Christian life. A funeral service will be held at St. Thomas's Episcopal Church, 830 Whitney Ave., New Haven on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at 10 A.M. Friends may visit with the family at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN on Tuesday from 4 – 8 P.M. An Eastern Star service will be at held 6 P.M. Contributions in her memory may be made to support Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 -9168 or online at dana-farber.org.

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  1. Dear David and family, I was so sorry to hear about your mother. She truly was a gracious woman. Know of my sympathy and prayers. Sr. Mary Grace

  2. Dear David and Stephen, My sincere condolences on the passing of your mom. Phyllis always impressed me as a friendly, warm-hearted and very spirited lady. She was a positive influence on all those she touched. May the loving memories of your mom help to comfort you and your family during this time of sadness. Best wishes, Bill Konecny

  3. David and Steven – my heartfelt condolences go out to you both on the passing of your mom. Your Mom (and Dad) were always great to me and my brothers and will always be remembered. My prayers are with you and your families during these trying times.

  4. David: Please accept my sympathy on the loss of your mother. Please pass on my condolences to your brothers as well. I can only imagine what you are going through during this time. Please be comforted by the fact you were a loving and devoted son and you were there for your mother every step of the way. You did all you could, made all the right decisions, and when the time was right, you made the final right decision as well. She’s in a better place and in peace now. God bless you and your whole family. Sharon Talbot, RN 3-11pm Supervisor Hamden Health Care

  5. Dear David, My Mom and I extend our Deepest Sympathy to you and your Family on the Passing of your Mom. I know that you were a Wonderful, Loving, and Dedicated Son to her, as well as a Very Caring, Tireless Advocate for her Health Care. May she Rest in Peace, and may you and all of your Family be Healed in this time of Sorrow.

  6. Dear David, We were very saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. You were always there for her and always gave of yourself 110% for her. You were an exceptional son and I know she always appreciated everything you did for her. Cherish those special and good times you shared with her and know now that she is in peace with the Lord. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and yours at this very difficult time. Love, Cousin Michelina and Family

  7. Dear David, My Mom and I extend our Deepest Sympathy to you and your Family on the Passing of your Mom. I know that you were a Wonderful, Loving, and Dedicated Son to her, as well as a Very Caring, Tireless Advocate for her Health Care. May she Rest in Peace, and may you and all of your Family be Healed in this time of Sorrow.

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