Freda Rondeau

Freda Rondeau, 89 of Wilmington passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at her residence at Shipley Manor.

Freda was born in Birmingham, England, the daughter of the late Dora (Collins Selby) and John Hardman.                

She met her husband, Stanley Burton Rondeau in England and they were married in March, 1953.  They came to the United States in 1967, eventually settling in Delaware.  Freda worked in sales Pomeroy’s, Boscov’s and retired from the F&N Mail Room.  She enjoyed traveling the world, Broadway plays, gardening, cups of tea and spending time with her dear friends.  She was a member of the Brandywine Edition bowling team for many years and most recently, joined in the activities at Shipley Manor, including choir and art classes.  Freda is predeceased by her husband of 50 years, her parents and dear sisters Dora Smith, Betty Sproat and Denise Stillo.

Freda is survived by her daughters, Barbara Rondeau of Dallas, Texas and Nicola “Nikki” D. Rapposelli of Hockessin, Delaware, and her dear grandchildren Vincent, Elizabeth and Anthony, her family in Australia daughter, Anne (Andy) Cox, grandchildren David, Stephen, Danielle and Jacqueline and great-granddaughter Ava.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at the MEALEY FUNERAL HOME, 2509 Limestone Road, Wilmington at 1 PM, where friends may call after 11 AM.  Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Drive, Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713.  On-line condolences may be sent to


Submitted by The Smiths on
We are saddened to learn that you’re mourning the loss of your dear loved one. No doubt, you have many fond memories which will resurface from time to time. Because you do have memories, it certainly shows that Almighty God has memories as well. Therefore, with full confidence you can take comfort in knowing that He longs to restore perfect life to all those in his memory (Job 14:13-15; Rev 21:3, 4). Please accept our condolences at this most distressing time.

Submitted by Bonnie Mauloni on
Freda and Stan were wonderful neighbors for many years. Always such a pleasure to have them in our presence, and more recently having Freda join us at our neighborhood luncheons. Sending heartfelt sympathy to Barbara and Nikki. R.I.P. Freda.

Submitted by PETER HUMPHREYS on
Please accept our condolences and sincere best wishes to you and all your family Barbara Rondeau on behalf of all the Humphreys clan. A lovely obituary and a great 'innings' from Freda. xxx

Submitted by Maria Tannen on
Barbara, thank you for letting me know about your mom's passing. Condolences to you, Nicola and your families. Freda was a wonderful person. I enjoyed knowing her and spending time with her. She will be missed.

Submitted by Doreen Kupchick on
My sincere sympathy on the loss of your mother.grandmother.greatgrandmother,I was so sorry to hear the news from a friend.We spoke often at the stores she worked at and Post we were both British and married the same year.she loved her trips to Australia,and all her family visits here.Always pleasant and polite.Thoughts are with you .Doreen