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Honora Dwyer Silicato, "Nana"
  • Memorial contributions may be made to Caravel Academy c/o R.T. Foard & Jones Funeral Home, 122 West Main St., Newark, DE 19711.

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“I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Honora's family. Honora was an amazing woman and friend to all. She deeply loved her family as well...Read More »
1 of 34 | Posted by: Deb Ruth - Bear, DE

“Dear aunt Honora you will be missed dearly.All my life you never judged me or any one I know harshly, only looking for the good in every one you...Read More »
2 of 34 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry you've lost your mom, a wonderful woman. I have fond memories of her during our fun days of youth. Miss you Deb and hope that you can find...Read More »
3 of 34 | Posted by: Debbie Coggin - Newark, DE

“I am so sorry for your loss. As part of the Caravel Family, I feel the loss also. I really miss Honora, her beautiful smile, volce, and...Read More »
4 of 34 | Posted by: A friend

“At Caravel Academy we met 30 years ago and bonded right away! One reason, being school secretaries, we had a lot in common. More importantly, your...Read More »
5 of 34 | Posted by: Gay Corrie - Newark, DE

“Mrs. Silicato was one of the hardest working, dedicated, and loyal employees of Caravel Academy. She could literally run the school. However, she...Read More »
6 of 34 | Posted by: Tara Heuschkel - Bear, DE

“Honora was the perfect Irish name for you, a Lady of Honor!I headed to your office again today, and each time, I am reminded that your mission on...Read More »
7 of 34 | Posted by: Dineen Bejger - Odessa, DE

“I remember the year the janitor walked in with my frogs for dissection in September, even though we tell them every year not to send them until April...Read More »
8 of 34 | Posted by: Marguerite Venema - Newark, DE

“Mrs. Silicato,My family has known you for years as "Mrs. Silicato" the nice lady in the office that would help you with any problem, find any key,...Read More »
9 of 34 | Posted by: A friend

“Honora, my Honor with an A. You were always "my go to lady". Full of knowledge, stories of your youth, your family, dedication to Caravel, your ...Read More »
10 of 34 | Posted by: A friend

“In loving memory of Mrs. Honora Silicato.I'm Julie Anderson, a teacher here at Caravel. Mrs. Silicato reminded me so much of my mother-in-law, a...Read More »
11 of 34 | Posted by: Julie Anderson - Bear, DE

“Mrs. Silicato will always have a special place in my heart. During times of trouble she would find the right words to make you feel better. She also...Read More »
12 of 34 | Posted by: A friend

“Nana,There isn't a word to describe how much I will miss you. I will never be able to forget the early morning rides to shop-rite in “the...Read More »
13 of 34 | Posted by: Forrest Flanagan Jr. - Middletown, DE

“It is indescribable all of the ways you have impacted my life in the 22 years that you have been "my" Nana. You were a ball of fire who was never...Read More »
14 of 34 | Posted by: Denise Flanagan - Middletown, DE

“"Tribut to Aunt Honora" My earliest memory of Aunt Honora was Christmas at Stapler Place,the multi-colored lights,good food and cookies were a real...Read More »
15 of 34 | Posted by: A friend

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM,I miss you so much.I love you. Debbie ”
16 of 34 | Posted by: A friend

“Many knew her as "Honora Elizabeth Silicato" but I knew her stictly as Nana.She was a loving and a caring women and was dedicated to her job at...Read More »
17 of 34 | Posted by: ryan kelley - Bear, DE

“Dear Debbie, My deepest sympathy to you and your family in this time of grief. You are in my thoughts and prayers constantly. I believe Aunt Honora...Read More »
18 of 34 | Posted by: A friend

“Mom,I can't begin to tell you how much you will be missed.You were always there for all of us and made everything possible.You were our guiding...Read More »
19 of 34 | Posted by: Nick Menaquale - Bear, DE

“My chilhood memories are filled with the giggely fun she was always able to show me whenever I went to visit. Cousin Honora, one of a kind. ”
20 of 34 | Posted by: Spike Tweed - Bear, DE

“sending much love from the Oregon Robinsons. We always carry loving and happy thoughts of all our family in Delaware. Much love, Beth, Luke, Carey...Read More »
21 of 34 | Posted by: Beth - Lorane, OR - Cousin

“Love and prayers from the Robinson's in Oregon ”
22 of 34 | Posted by: Beth Robinson - Lorane, OR

“Nana, we will miss you so much. You were such an inspiration to Denise and her family. Our hearts are very heavy with sorrow but we know that you...Read More »
23 of 34 | Posted by: Janet and David Belllows - FL

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Debbie and her family. I always enjoyed talking with Honora when she came in the store...she was a sweet woman and...Read More »
24 of 34 | Posted by: Debbie and Butch Baker - Bear, DE

“I will miss you. Thanks for the friendship and the advice. ”
25 of 34 | Posted by: Thom LaBarbera - Wilmington, DE

“A most wonderul lady. Always willing to help. Always so positive and cheerful. The world is a better place because of you. Rest in peace. Judy...Read More »
26 of 34 | Posted by: A friend

“To the family of Mrs. Silicato, I was saddened to learn of the loss of such a wonderful, caring person as Mrs. Silicato. She was a godsend in her...Read More »
27 of 34 | Posted by: Alice Frost - Oriental, NC

“Debbie although I had not seen her for years I remember your mother as a kind and loving person. You were lucky to have had her and yoy are what you...Read More »
28 of 34 | Posted by: Mrs. Sandra McNally - New Castle, DE

“Aunt Honora was one of the main reasons I attended Caravel in the first place and I will always remember the "oh hi Hannah" I got whenever I visited...Read More »
29 of 34 | Posted by: Hannah Oybkhan - Sweet Briar, VA

“My thoughts and prays are with your family during this difficult time. ”
30 of 34 | Posted by: Patricia Shaffner - Finksburg, MD

“My heart goes out to Debbie, Shelly, forest, Nicholas, and Anothny.. And all the Great Grandchildren at this time! She will be truly missed.. Rest...Read More »
31 of 34 | Posted by: Dawn Hughart - Wilmington, DE

“Dear Debbie and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I so enjoyed knowing and working with your mother. She was truly a...Read More »
32 of 34 | Posted by: Sue and Joe Hudson - Newark, DE

“Mrs. Silicato,You will truly be missed for years to come. The help you gave me over the 11 years I was at Caravel is immeasurable. I am so happy...Read More »
33 of 34 | Posted by: Barbara Howell - Bear, DE

“Honora was my champion at Caravel for 15 years. She ran interference, kept me informed, guided me through impossible paperwork, and was the voice of...Read More »
34 of 34 | Posted by: Frances Young - Wilmington, DE


On Saturday, March 16, 2013, Honora went home to be with the Lord.
Born in Newark on April 9, 1935, Honora was the daughter of the late John and Annie Tweed Dwyer. She was a 1953 graduate of Newark High School. Her work career began when she was 14 at the Newark News Stand; she then held several top administrative positions before her 30 year career at Caravel Academy began, where she was secretary to the head master. The Caravel children, faculty and staff became her extended family. Honora will be remembered as a devoted mom and Nana. Her most proud moments came from watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren develop into their own personalities which she lovingly helped form. The holidays were celebrated to the hilt; Honora displayed family heirlooms with much pride, which portrayed her love of family. Honora, "Mother Nature", cherished flora and fauna, spending years creating a beautiful environment she always referred to as "her woods". Most of all, her passion was caring for others.
She is survived by her daughter Deborah Menaquale and her husband, Nick; four grandchildren, Forrest Flanagan and his wife Denise, Shelly Kelley, Nicholas Menaquale and Anthony Menaquale and his wife Jacki; 7 great grandchildren, Forrest, Jr., Ethan, Ryan, Abby, Adriana, Dominick and Gianna. She also leaves behind her sister, Suzanne Obykhan, her brother John Dwyer, his wife Theresa, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Alfred E. Silicato, grandson-in-law, Fran Kelley and brother in law Abraham Obykhan.
A service honoring her life will be held at Caravel Academy, 2801 Del Laws Road Bear, DE 19701 on Friday March 22, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Friends and family may call at Caravel Academy on Thursday evening from 6 – 8 pm or one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Newark Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Caravel Academy c/o R.T. Foard & Jones Funeral Home, 122 West Main St., Newark, DE 19711.