Asunta L. ‘Sue’ DeBastiani, 93

Asunta L. “Sue” DeBastiani, 93, of Milton, Del., formerly of Swissvale and Ligonier, Pa., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at Harrison Senior Living in Georgetown, Del. She was born in Swissvale on Aug. 20, 1925, daughter of the late Pasquale Nuzzo and Maria (Gemma-DeLuca) Nuzzo. She worked as a hairdresser until she began to raise a family, providing a loving and caring home for her husband and children.

DeBastiani was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Georgetown, and also enjoyed painting and making crafts. She also loved to cook and was the proud recipient of the Governor’s Trophy in 2008 at the Delaware State Fair for her eggplant caponata.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Amedeo “Mickey” DeBastiani in 2007; two brothers, Peter Nuzzo and Bill Nuzzo; and three sisters, Jane Migliore, Ann Rossi and Josephine Fusia.

DeBastiani is survived by a son, James DeBastiani and his wife, Barbara, of Georgetown; two daughters, Bobbie DeBastiani of Lewes, Del., and Louise DeBastiani of Milton; four grandchildren, Annette DeBastiani of Wilmington, Del., Mary Caligiure and her spouse, Chris, of Millsboro, Del., Toni DeBastiani and Tess DeBastiani. both of Lewes; two great-grandchildren, Amadeo and Francesca Caligiure, both of Millsboro; a brother, Elmer Nuzzo of Swissvale; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was to be held, Nov. 14, 2018, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Georgetown, Del. Interment was to follow on Nov. 15, 2018, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to CHEER Meals on Wheels at, or to Casa San Francisco, c/o Catholic Charities; 2601 W. 4th St.; Wilmington, DE 19805. Condolences may be sent online at