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“A few years ago my daughter and I took a December bus trip to NYC and were very fortunate to meet Betty and Joe. We talked non-stop and found so many...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“Betty Campanella was my supervisor for 30 plus years. She called me daughter and I called her Mom. Although, we didn't see each other that often, we...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Karen Robbins - Wilmington, DE

“I working with Betty at the Division of Consumer Affairs back in the mid-90s. I was in my mid-20s and Betty was like a very patient mother putting...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Josie Mazzaferro - Charlotte, NC

“Our sincerest sympathies to Joe, Renee and the Campanella family on the loss of Betty. She was a sweet person and will be missed. Also & Diane...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Diane Gibellino - Bear, DE

“To Betty's brother, Paul, and the Campanella family. Our heartfelt sympathy and our prayers are with you during this very sad time. May your...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Br. Ronald Giannone - Wilmington, DE

“Paul Campanella and Family, Ed and I are very sorry for your loss. May God bless you and see you through this rough time. You are in our prayers. ”
6 of 22 | Posted by: Angela Sadowski - Newark, DE

“To Betty's brother, Paul Brown, and to her immediate family, I want to say thatBetty was a dear, kind, and beloved lady,,and she was also a beloved...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Sheila Cummings Swierczewski - MD

“Sincere condolences to the whole Campanella family. God Bless. ”
8 of 22 | Posted by: Eric Leonard - Claymont, DE

“I worked with Betty in Consumer Affairs. She was so kind and loving, a beautiful lady inside and out. ”
9 of 22 | Posted by: Rose Saggione - Rehoboth Beach, DE

“Paul and Family, You have my condolences on your mother's dealth. We belonged too the same pool. She was so proud of her family. What a beautiful...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“My cousin by our blood. My neighbor by our addresses. My guardian angel by her deeds. She took me to my first parade, and my first play. She was...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Linda Calvetti - Smyrna, DE

“I met Betty at st. Anthony's Festival in 2016. I asked she and her friend Franes West if my sister and I could sit with them to enjoy the music and...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Mary Ann Calvo - Wilmington, DE

“Betty and my dad Elmer were cousins. In the last several years we have gotten close to her, and what a joy to hear her stories about my dad and then...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Deborah Fox - DENVER, CO

“I JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT PAULS MOM AND I AM SO SORRY!!!! SHE RAISED AN AMAZING FAMILY WHICH INCLUDES HER SON PAUL!! I KNOW GOD WILL WELCOME HER WITH...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: ANNIE CARDENTI - WILMINGTON, DE

“Betty was always so kind and loving. We were cousins and even though distantly related, Betty connected to me as family. My prayers and thoughts to...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Kathleen Cummings Hays - DE

“I'm going to miss our talks in the upstairs office. It was always so entertaining to hear her opinions on everything from family to politics. May you...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Jay Brignola - Newark, DE

“So sorry to hear this...Sending prayers to the Campanella family....I remember your family when you lived in Jefferson Farms ”
17 of 22 | Posted by: Eleanor Logan - New castle, DE

“Such a beautiful and classy lady! So sorry to hear of her passing. My love and prayers to Joe and the family. Sandy Combs and family ”
18 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“Love and prayers to all the family. She was a very special lady!! ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: Will & Bonnie Hinton - Dover, DE

“Such a wonderful human being. I truly admired her. ”
20 of 22 | Posted by: Shawn Greener - Middletown, DE

“Eternal rest grant unto her oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Bill and Doris Marsilii - DE

“Our love and prayers are with all of you. ”
22 of 22 | Posted by: Marie and Bob Cox - Midland, NC


Betty M. Campanella, age 83 of Wilmington, Delaware passed away on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Christiana Hospital surrounded by her loving family after a short and courageous battle with leukemia.

Born on March 28, 1934 to Walter J. and Elsie V. (Hinton) Brown, Betty was the second of three children and the only daughter. She was raised in Holloway Terrace and enjoyed being in the company of relatives and many lifelong family friends during this time. She graduated in 1952 from St. Peter's High School in New Castle.

Betty retired from the Department of Justice in 2006 after 36 years of employment with the State of Delaware, where she was a founding member of the Division of Consumer Affairs.

Betty is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Joseph F. Campanella, who she married on September 18, 1954. She is also survived by her six children: daughter Patricia L. Nichols and her husband Michael of Corona, CA; son Joseph W. Campanella and his wife Renee of Marina Del Ray, CA; son Paul F. Campanella and his wife Karen A. of Wilmington; son John A. Campanella and his wife Cindy of Newark, Delaware; daughter Elizabeth C. Beaver and her husband Leon J. of Wilmington; and son James C. Campanella of Wilmington. She is also survived by her devoted brother, Paul E. Brown of Wilmington.

She was an adoring "Grammy" to her twelve grandchildren ("grands"): Adam M. and Sarah P. Nichols; Joseph J. Campanella; Anthony P., Kirsten A, and Jillian A. Campanella; Mark A. and Jaclyn E. Campanella; Michael G. and David P. Beaver; and Katlyn M. and James C. Campanella.

Betty was predeceased by her parents as well as her brother, Walter J. Brown, Jr.

Betty cherished her family above all else. She enjoyed hosting family and friends for holiday dinners and other special occasions and she loved attending the many activities of her "grands." Betty was very artistic and many of her family and friends proudly display beautiful floral arrangements in their homes lovingly created by Betty. She loved music, especially classical and liturgical, and a highlight of Sunday Mass was hearing the melodic voices of the St. Joseph on the Brandywine Choir. Betty was delighted at the generosity of several of the choir members who visited her on numerous occasions at Christiana Hospital to serenade her and these acts of kindness brought her enormous peace.

Betty lived by many virtues that were easily recognizable to all who knew her, such as acceptance, faith, forgiveness, kind heartedness, generosity, encouragement, patience, humility, and love.

The family gratefully acknowledges the compassionate care provided by everyone at Christiana Care Health System and Seasons Hospice.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10:00am at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church located at 10 Old Church Road, Greenville, DE 19807. Interment will be held at Cathedral Cemetery in Wilmington. Friends may call on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Betty's memory to Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Road Newark, DE 19713.