Joan MacFarlane Hontz

Joan MacFarlane Hontz, age 94, of Wilmington, DE passed away surrounded by her family on October 6, 2019.

Born in Australia, she was the daughter of the late Eleanor (Bald) and John Butterworth. Joan served as an aircraftswoman in the Australian Air Force during WWII. After meeting her husband during the war, she moved to the United States where they began a family. Joan worked in management in banking prior to her retirement. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Elias Daniel Hontz; her daughter, Carol Hontz; and her daughter-in-law, Kathleen Hontz.

Joan is survived by her son, Gordon P. Hontz of Wilmington, DE; her grandsons and their spouses, Matthew and Stephanie Hontz, and John and Kim Hontz, all of New Castle; her sister, Elaine Hickey of Australia; and her brother, Dudley Butterworth of Australia.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 18th at 9:30 A.M. at St. James’ Episcopal Cemetery, 2106 St James Church Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808.


Submitted by Don Werkheiser on
Your mom was such a fine woman. A pleasure knowing her at Farmers Bank while we worked there together in the Newark office. She was so interesting and great to talk with.