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Della Jane D'Aquino

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM

St. Ann Catholic Church


Della Jane D'Aquino, 90, of  Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Monday, November 26, 2018, at her home.

Born Friday, June 1, 1928 in Hagerstown, MD, she was the daughter of the late William "Shorty" Miller and the late Amanda "Mandy" (Wilt) Miller. She was preceded in death by her husband John D'Aquino in 1995.

She graduated from Smithsburg High School, class of 1946. She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church. Della was very active in her community, especially helping people with their sewing needs. She enjoyed going to the Hagerstown Community Concert series. Della loved her family and friends and welcomed all with an open heart.

She is survived by three daughters, Deborah D'Aquino of San Pedro, CA, Diane Landskroener of Chestertown, MD and Donna Pinkava of Catonsville, MD; two sons, John D'Aquino of Chestertown, MD and Thomas D'Aquino of Frederick, MD; two sisters, Betty Monn of Smithsburg, MD and Lois Imes of Jugtown, MD; brother, Jonathan "Dutch" Miller of Boonsboro, MD.

She was preceded  in death by a daughter, Denese D'Aquino, son, William D'Aquino, sister, Deloris Harne and brother, William Miller.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 6, 2018, at 10:00 am, at St. Ann Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Avenue Hagerstown, MD, with the Rev. Msgr. J. Bruce Jarboe as celebrant.

Family will receive friends at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Interment will be at the Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Special Olympics, 1133 19th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036-3604 or

Online condolences may be expressed at

Guest Book

My deepest sympathy to Dellas family in this sad time. Della always used to sit in front of me at mass at St.Anns and she would always go out of her way to make you feel special. Her smile was unforgettable and her spirt will always live in my heart. ❤️❤️❤️

Brianna Roberts
Smithsburg, MD

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear loved one Della Jane D’Aquino. I hope you find the below Bible verse comforting during this time of sorrow. Revelation 21:4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

Sunset Beach, NC

To the D'Aquino Family. The primary source of consolation is our compassionate heavenly Father. I hope you can find comfort in this scripture. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,+ the Father of tender mercies+ and the God of all comfort,+ 4 who comforts* us in all our trials*+ so that we may be able to comfort others+ in any sort of trial* with the comfort that we receive from God.+ 5 

Memphis, Tennessee

Dear Donna and family, I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your dear Mother. My condolences to you and your family. May God Bless You with many consolations during this most difficult time.

Lona (Squibb) Mastiano
Hagerstown, Md

Our relationship with Della goes back to when we lived in the same neighborhood and she would dog sit our 100 pound lab. We continued to stay in touch with an occasional alteration and an exchange of Christmas cards ever year. We will miss her gentle and kind spirit. Rest in peace Della.

Denise and John Bowen
Smithsburg, MD

Dear Family of Della, My parents, Joe and June Walker, lived beside your mom and dad until 2001. I had visited Della several times after that year as I would come by that home. She is a lovely lady to recall. Sam, my husband, had know Shorty and Mandy having been an "insurance man" in the Jugtown area. And I am sure he'd shown me their home as we would ride through the lovely area. Sorry not to have been able to attend the memorial service. God bless and keep each of you.

Kathy Hawbaker
Hagerstown, MD

My heartfelt condolences go to all the family for losing a wonderful, caring Mother, Grandmother, sister, Aunt and to all she touched. Mom Della Jane you will be missed, love Sharon D'Aquino

Sharon D'Aquino
Elkton , MD

John and Family, So sorry to hear such sad news. Please accept my most sincere condolences. Kirk Grooms

Kirk Grooms
Hagerstown, MD

My deepest condolences to the D'Aquino family on the loss of your wonderful Mother. She was a very special, kind and loving woman. With deepest sympathy and love, Ed & Shirley Keller

Ed Keller
Hagerstown, Md

Rest in Peace Aunt Della, We will think of you often in hopes of seeing you again soon!

Shelby Hughes
Hagerstown, MD

Most of my childhood memories have Mrs. D’Aquino in them. She was the youngest and most vibrant of all the moms. She truly was the cookie mom. The house was filled with kids as well as her laughter. I don’t recall her ever saying “no” to us. Whether it was doling out treats, driving us places or just listening to us. I remember vividly her driving a carful of excited kids to the beach in a time of no air conditioning and no seat belts. We’d arrive safely and she would set up a table with sandwiches and drinks. She sat under the umbrella and kept watch. As the day came to a close she would gather us up, pack the car and return us safely to our homes. Never once did she show anger or complain! She was the modern, cool mom when it wasn’t in fashion. Everyone loved her! She loved her family, friends and animals. She was the only mom that drove a car AND allowed critters!!!! God bless Della! Her children were lucky to have such a role model. She will be missed. My condolences to the family.

Nora Cellini Serpente
Drexel Hill , Pa

Della’s warm smile, cheerfulness and concern for people and animals will always be remembered. So glad we could participate in her 90th birthday celebration! We’ll miss her.

Janice Weakland
Whitmire , SC

"Dear Della" was/is part of "our family" and has been for 50 years. Her joyful presence, her warmth, her sense of humor, her good nature, her simple love, touched me and all my family. Della was a special friend of my sister Vicki. It was always Della and Vicki, Denese and Kati for so many years. Both Kati and Denese were amazingly blessed to have moms that loved them dearly and whose love nurtured a fierce spirit of independence and joy; giving Denese and Kati the opportunity to be all that they could be. Now Denese and Kati are with Della again. I suspect it was a might happy occasion in heaven when Della came home to all she loved and lost in this life! I will always remember Della and the immense joy she brought into my life and life of everyone in my family. The blessing and memories she gave to us will not end. I thank God for sharing her with me.

jacki coyle
Silver Spring, MD

My love goes out to the family, and all who had the honor of knowing my very beloved Aunt Della. Aunt Della was my "angle on earth". She was the most welcoming person I knew. Her love and kindness beamed. She was a rock, steadfast and strong, and the most sentimental person at the same time. The easiest person to talk with no matter what the subject. Always having a smile to share. She could light up any darkness with her beautiful sole. I know she is radiant in heaven because she was here on earth. I am so lucky to have had her in my life. She will be deeply missed.


My deepest condolences go out to the D'Aquino family.

Tom Borum
Hagerstown, Maryland

Dear Lois We were sorry to hear about Della. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and for the family. Mom fondly remembers Della. We hope your surgery goes well Thursday. Mary and Betty

Mary and Betty Wachs
Hagerstown , Maryland

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