Catherine (Kay) Del Guercio dies at 103

Catherine (Kay) “Mrs. D” Del Guercio, 103, of Scranton, died peacefully early Saturday morning at the Jewish Home of Eastern Pa. She was the widow of Jacob W. Del Guercio, who died in 1976.

Born March 29, 1917, in Blakely, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Elizabeth Owens Evans and was a member of the Elm Park United Methodist Church, Scranton. Before her retirement, she had been employed as a seamstress and had volunteered for many years at Telespond.
She loved playing bingo and making crafts which she shared with family and friends.

Surviving are daughters, Jean Zaccagnino, Dunmore; Carol Joyce (James), Scranton; Barbara Peters (Anthony), Dunmore; Catherine Powell (Jack), Scranton; and Elizabeth Calianno, Scranton; sons, Joseph, Scranton; Thomas (Pauline), Delaware; Jacob (Kathie), Lake Ariel; and Daniel (Roxanne), Colorado; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by sons, Richard and Dennis Del Guercio; grandsons, Jacob W. Del Guercio III and Jacob W. Del Guercio; a daughter-in-law, Ceil Del Guercio; a son-in-law, Daniel Zaccagnino; and siblings, Harold and Thomas Evans, Ethel McMahon, Elizabeth Clark, Ann Bonacci and Martha Coviello.

Kay’s family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the Jewish Home, especially the fifth floor staff, for the care and compassion they showed to Kay.

Due to the current health crisis, private graveside services will be held in Cathedral Cemetery and a public memorial service will be scheduled in the future.

Donations may be made to the Jewish Home of Eastern Pa., 1101 Vine St., Scranton, PA 18510.


  1. Jean Washburn Branco

    I remember the family well when we attended the Blakely PM Church. When I was a snowflake in the first grade at Columbus Elementary School, Mrs. Del Guerico made my little white dress. My sympathy goes to her family.

  2. Judy Caputo

    Cathy and family
    May you find comfort in the memories you shared with your mom
    Please accept our sincere condolences
    Judy Caputo and Family

  3. Joe and Lola Kranick

    So very sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a wonderful lady, kind and outgoing. She was always wonderful to Aunt Emma. Our sincere sympathy, may God bless you all.

  4. Brenda Woodring

    To my many cousins, I’m beyond sad for your loss. You all know my relationship with my Aunt, and I will be forever grateful for having her. We all share such wonderful memories as a family! Aunt Kay was a huge part of that. She was our “center”… and for that we are blessed! Love you all! ❤️ Brenda

  5. Grace Zelinski

    So sorry for your loss prayers for your family may she rest in eternal peace with the angels.

  6. Colleen Davitt

    Cathy and family I’m so sorry for your loss. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Colleen Davitt

  7. Cathy, Jackie & family
    Sending our deepest sympathy and prayers at this time. So sorry for your loss!!
    Elaine & Chester Bendowski

  8. Nancy Ross

    Mrs. D
    She was an extrodinary woman….she was our mother in the neighborhood growing up, as she was sewing in her living room we would be in cellar hanging out….she loved us all as we did her.

  9. Maryann pavlowski

    RIP A WOMAN EVERBODY ❤️ LOVED!!🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  10. Susan Dickson Morgan

    I would like to offer my deepest condolences during the loss of your mom. You most likely will not remember me, but I have memories as a young child going to your parents’ house with my parents, Vivian and Thomas Dickson. I was told that your parents “set up” my parents after my mom’s divorce from her first husband and after my dad became a widower. So, in a way, we certainly are connected. May you find comfort from above.

  11. Mike and Bernie Bussacco

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. She was such a wonderful roommate to Romilda and will be dearly missed. It was a pleasure to know all of you and to witness the compassionate family raised by Kay as you were all so very kind to Romilda. We will remember Kay with love and pray for her well-deserved eternal rest .

  12. Bill & Ruth Davis

    RUTH & I send our condolences. Keep you in our prayers.

  13. Sandy Evans

    Cathy, Jack and family,
    So sorry for the loss of your mom. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. May she RIP.

  14. Stephanie Morgan

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs D was a wonderful woman and our entire family, especially my grandmother, Joan Morgan, And my aunt, Debbie Koons, who took care of her at the Jewish home, have the deepest respect for her! Our families were close and and we all have some fond memories growing up with and around the DelGuercio’s! She will b greatly missed!
    God Bless
    The Morgan Family

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