Judith Marion Raffaelli, adored her grandchildren

May 9, 2021

Judith Marion Raffaelli, 79, of Lewes passed away Thursday, May 6, 2021, at her home.  She was born March 1, 1942, in Kansas City, Mo., daughter of the late Francis and Edith (Ruch) Eisele.

Judy was a graduate of Teaneck High School, class of 1960. She continued her education at Berkeley Secretarial School and built a career working for such enterprises as McCall’s magazine and Cherokee High School as a secretary to the principal.  Judy’s love for adventure led her to became a travel agent. Upon retirement, Judy and Richard settled in Lewes in 2005.

Judy had many interests and hobbies.  She enjoyed crafts, needlepoint, crocheting, and sewing countless Barbie doll outfits for her granddaughters.  She relished living in Lewes and soaking up the sun on the beach, as well as travelling the world with her husband, her high school sweetheart and the love of her life.  Above all, Judy cherished time spent with those she held most dear, especially her adored grandchildren.  She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, Judy was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Richard R. Raffaelli; and her son, Gregory Raffaelli.  She is survived by her daughter, Deanna Magrane (Jeffrey) of Farmingdale, N.Y.; her grandchildren: Caitlin Magrane, Andrew Magrane, Erin Magrane, Lauren Matkovich (Hayden), and Ryan Raffaelli; her daughter-in-law, Lisa Raffaelli of Midland Park, N.J.; and her loyal canine companion, Gabby.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Mrs. Raffaelli’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, 100 West 10th St., Wilmington, DE  19801, or the American Heart Association, 131 Continental Drive, Suite 407, Newark, DE 19713.

Please visit Judy Raffaelli’s Life Memorial Webpage and sign her virtual guestbook at




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