Bessie McClernon Esposito, 79

Bessie M. Esposito, 79, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at Delaware Hospice Center. She was born on Aug. 15, 1939, in Reading, Pa., to the late Sarah and Herbert Sauers.

She worked at Eckerd’s and Rite Aid as a cosmetics consultant for many years. Esposito was a member of the Millsboro Bowling League, and enjoyed crochet, knitting, word puzzles and caring for animals. She was a quiet, private person with an awesome sense of humor who would put other’s needs before her own.

In addition to her parents, Esposito was preceded in death by her husband, Dominic Esposito, and her son, Brian Matthias, both in 2017, as well as her siblings William and Jeanette. She is survived by a son, Kenneth Matthias and his wife, Jo Ann, of Georgetown, Del.; her siblings Simone, Herbert and Barry; five grandchildren, Zachary, Brandon and Nathan Matthias of Pennsylvania, Julie M. Humphreys of Millsboro, and Michael Matthias of New York City; two great-grandchildren, Owen and Kayla; her late son’s husband, Mario Savirrio of Wilmington, Del.; a daughter-in-law, Deborah Bortz of Millsboro; a dearly beloved sister-in-law, Mary Sauers of Millsboro; and dearly beloved nieces and nephews, including Teresa and Lisa of Millsboro.

A viewing and visitation were to be held June 19, 2019, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del. A chapel service was to follow at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest with her husband. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963, or to Nanticoke Health Foundation; 613 High St.; Seaford, DE 19973 (Memo line “ICU”). Condolences may be sent online at