Florence “Floss” Fioravanti, 66, of Selbyville, Del., passed away suddenly, yet peacefully, on March 15, 2019, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. She was born on Oct. 17, 1952, in Manayunk, Pa., where she was raised by her late parents, Edward and Florence Smith.
After graduating Roxborough High School, Fioravanti worked in customer service as a waitress, restaurant manager and leasing agent for 30 years while raising her family in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In 2008, she moved to Delaware, where she was very active in her community and served on their homeowners’ association board of directors.
Fioravanti was a person of tremendous determination and strength. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her favorite hobby was spending time poolside with neighbors and family, perfecting her tan, laughing and creating priceless moments and memories. Her laugh was infectious, and her smile could light up the room.
She will be dearly missed by family and friends. She was an advocate of organ donation and donated her corneas in hopes of allowing another person to see the world as beautiful as she did.
In addition to her parents, Fioravanti was preceded in death by her sister Janet F. Smith, and her brother John L McCormick. Fioravanti is survived by her husband of 46 years, Richard Fioravanti; five children, Edward of Delaware, Richard Fioravanti Jr. and his wife, Kristi, of Florida, Tina Petreshock of Delaware, Bernadette Whitaker and her husband, Richard, of Pennsylvania, and Antoinette Davies and her husband, Dennis, of Pennsylvania; 11 grandchildren, Derek Lauria, a corporal serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marine Corps, Elizabeth, Rachelle, Devon, Andrew, Daniel, Richard Fioravanti III, Adrianna, Athena, Giavanna and Jayden; six great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Becky Cornman of Pennsylvania and Peggy Sue Lavery of Delaware.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at St. Matthews by-the-Sea U.M. Church, 1000 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, Del. The funeral service, officiated by the Rev. Bruce Miller, will begin at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions for a memorial bench and tree at the Swann Cove clubhouse can be sent to Swann Cove POA; 36825 Herring Way; Selbyville, DE 19975, or sent to St. Matthews By-the-Sea; 1000 Coastal Hwy.; Fenwick Island, DE 19444. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfunealservices.com.