The youngest of six children of Italian immigrant parents, Delia was born on January 3, 1928, in Milwaukee. She passed on December 21, 2023, in Appleton.
Delia became an elementary school teacher and spent most of her career in the Milwaukee Public Schools. After years in elementary classrooms, Delia became a reading specialist in multiple MPS schools.
While working a parttime job, Delia noticed Clarence Molden, and in 1950 they married. The following summer, their daughter, Susan, completed this little family. Many summer road trips included visits with family and sight-seeing throughout the states. Clarence and Delia shared 70 years together prior to his passing in 2020.
In retirement Delia and Clarence moved to Florida so Clarence could golf. Delia agreed to move “if” Clarence learned to ballroom dance. Thus followed many delightful years on dance floors. The two also spent a number of years playing bocce. Additionally, Delia pursued several crafts, including bunka, pine needle basket weaving and making mink teddy bears. Delia also volunteered many hours working at her parish’s thrift store.
Delia will be missed by many, including her daughter, Susan; nieces, Karen Gersonde, Mary Krieg, Patti Larson; nephews Bob Decesari, Glenn Gierzycki, Ed Travis, Kurt Schell, and Thomas Dallman.
Delia was predeceased by her loving husband, Clarence; her parents, Agusto and Amelia Decesari; her siblings Joe Decesari, Andy Decesari, Ginger Travis, Lefty Gierzycki and Betty Diem.
The memorial service for Delia is scheduled on her birthday, January 3, 2024, at St Bernard Catholic Parish, Appleton. Visitation will begin at 9:30am until mass begins at 11:30am. There will be a meal to follow. A committal service will take place in Milwaukee within the month.
Warmest thanks to the entire Primrose staff and Moments Hospice team for their phenomenally tender and loving care for Delia.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Habitat for Humanity or the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated.