Mary Angela D'Elia, 83, nurse, homemaker

April 22, 2002

Mary Angela D'Elia, a homemaker who loved spending her summers at the beach, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at her Catonsville home. She was 83.

Mary Angela Ricker was born in Irvington and moved with her family to Catonsville in 1927. She graduated from Catonsville High School in 1936.

While attending nursing school at St. Agnes, she met her future husband, Dr. Lawrence N. D'Elia, an obstetrician and gynecologist who died in 1991.

Mrs. D'Elia graduated from nursing school in 1941 and worked in that profession until her marriage five years later, when she left to raise a family.

The D'Elias had a summer home in Ocean City. Mrs. D'Elia enjoyed watching her grandchildren sell on the boardwalk the conch shells they had gathered off West Ocean City, her family said.

She also loved dogs. Her three golden retrievers died in the past year.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church on Melvin Avenue in Catonsville.

Mrs. D'Elia is survived by two sons, Lawrence N. D'Elia III of Ellicott City and Douglas D'Elia of Catonsville; four daughters, Kathleen Flynn, Deborah D'Elia, Suzanne Wright and Lisa Scrivner, all of Catonsville; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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