Marie (McClafferty) Bradley

Marie (McClafferty) Bradley age 89 of Wilmington DE, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Wilmington, Marie was the daughter of the late Nellie (McTague) and William J. McClafferty, Jr. She was married for 63 years to Paul D. Bradley, who predeceased her in 2012. She was also predeceased by her brother, William J. McClafferty III and her infant son, Dennis. Marie is survived by her sister, Eileen Lynam of Wilmington.  

Maire will be dearly missed by her three daughters: Mary Bradley of Wilmington, Jeanne Brock (Dave) of Wyomissing, PA and Martha Furness of Lancaster, PA; one son, Michael Bradley (Virginia) of Bethesda, MD; eight grandchildren, Alissa Marie Manfredi, Milinda Rose Atallian, Stephen Brock, Brian Brock, Andrew Furness, Abigail Cimorelli, Ana Bradley and Kara Bradley; four great-granddaughters, Mackenzie and Bailey Manfredi, Reagan Atallian, and Evelien Cimorelli; and two great-grandsons, Liam Brock and Charles Cimorelli. 

Marie graduated from St. Elizabeth High School and Goldey-Beacom College.  She was a life-long member of St. Ann’s Church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister. For over thirty years, Marie worked as a secretary and notary for the Tribunal of the Diocese of Wilmington.

Friends and family are invited to visitation on Saturday, April 13th from 8:30AM to 9:30 AM at Mealey’s Funeral Home, 703 North Broom Street, Wilmington DE. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 AM at St. Ann’s Church, 2013 Gilpin Avenue, Wilmington DE. Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Ministry of Caring, 115 East 14th Street, Wilmington DE 19801 or the Benedictine School, 14299 Benedictine Ln, Ridgely, MD 21660. Condolences may be made by visiting


Submitted by The Smiths on
Our deepest condolences to the family. We are so sorry for your loss. May your loving memories of Marie help you through this difficult time. May our loving, heavenly Father, who is the God of all comfort, give you the strength and comfort that you need (2 Corinthians 1:3, Psalms 83:18). He promises us that soon, "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore" (Revelation 21:3, 4). May all of His promises concerning our loved ones who have passed away give you peace.

Submitted by Bill Graney on
Marie is an outstanding example of what makes Catholic Wilmington as warm and caring place to be. thanks for her many years of service to hundreds of couples, people, in parish and diocese. Thanks for the caring feelings and presence that I felt because of people like Marie.

Submitted by Kiki on
I'm so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please take comfort in Christ heartwarming promise extended to our loved ones who have fallen asleep in death, John 5:28,29(John Ch.11:1-46)

Submitted by Barbara Ackerma... on
My sincere condolences to Mary, Jeanne, Martha and Michael on the loss of your wonderful mother. I have very fond memories of her at the little house on Union Street. She was a sweet, kind person. She has certainly earned a place in heaven.

Submitted by Tricia on
To the family, please take comfort in Jesus words “there will be a resurrection and sickness and death will be gone forever.” John 5:28,29;Rev.21:4 For more comforting words, please visit:JW.ORG

Submitted by Barbara (Gondek... on
Mary, My deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. You and your family will be in my prayers. God bless. Barb

Submitted by Sam McClafferty on
Very sorry to hear about Marie's passing I was her and Paul's mailman and also she was my dad's first cousin. Remember visiting Christmas time with my dad Prayers to the family