Raymond J. Cichocki, Sr., age 87, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully at Seasons Hospice on Thursday, January 4, 2018 surrounded by his family.
Lifelong Wilmington resident, Ray was the son of the late Stanislaus and Julia (Piorkowski) Cichocki. He was a 1948 graduate of P. S. DuPont High School and attended Beacom College and Wharton Business College. He served his country proudly in the Army Artillery during the Korean War. His early years of employment were with Adams Auto Parts, Paul J. Nolan & Co. and Bank of Delaware. He retired in 1997 from Jeflion Investment Company as an accountant/office manager.
Ray was devoted to his family. A devout Catholic, he was a parishioner of St. Matthew R. C. Church for 60 years, where he served as a member of the Holy Name Society, Finance Council, Liturgy Committee and Parish Council, in addition to being a Eucharistic Minister and Usher. Ray was Treasurer of St. Matthew’s Cub Pack 21 for over 30 years. Ray and his wife Betty had also been past members of the St. Hedwig’s Alley Cats dance group. Ray had many interests and hobbies throughout his life. When Betty became interested in dollhouse miniatures, she enlisted him in building a beautiful dollhouse. He even dabbled in needlepoint and framed several scenes. He loved reading and, most recently, was reading e-books. Always a diehard fan of the Phillies, Flyers and Eagles teams, Ray was hoping this would be the year for the Eagles!
In addition to his parents, Ray was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth (Walczak) Cichocki in 2014 after 59 years of marriage, his daughter-in-law Dottie in 2017, and his brothers Jerome (killed in action at Iwo Jima) and Charles Cichocki.
Ray will be dearly missed by two sons, Gerry and Ray Jr. (wife MaryBeth); daughter Karen Hall (husband Cliff); two granddaughters, Erin and Melanie Cichocki; and a grandson, Kevin Hall. He was very proud of his grandchildren and their accomplishments. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Frank Walczak and his wife Pauline, and numerous nieces and nephews who were very dear to Uncle Ray.
Mass of Christian Burial & Visitation will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 10th at St. Matthew R. C. Church, 901 E. Newport Pike, Wilmington. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Cathedral Cemetery, Wilmington.
The family would welcome contributions being sent in Ray’s memory to St. Mathew R. C. Church, 901 E. Newport Pike, Wilmington, DE 19804, or to Seasons Hospice, c/o Christiana Hospital, 4755 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19713. Condolences may be made by visiting MealeyFuneralHomes.com.