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“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of "Miss DiMarco". I just want her family to know what a lasting impact she has had on so many people. Miss...Read More »
1 of 65 | Posted by: Anna Ford Halverson - CA

“Dear, The Buenaga FamilyI'm one of the students in her class and I miss her so, much that I have tears in my eyes just writing this. I've been to...Read More »
2 of 65 | Posted by: Jonathan Snyder - Wilmington, DE

“Ed and Girls, Debbie was a very special teacher to my children. She taught both Ben (two years ago) and now Sarah. She helped the children work...Read More »
3 of 65 | Posted by: Karen Jacobs Louden - Wilmington, DE

“Dear Buenaga Family, I was sad to hear of Debbie's passing through other Georgetown Grads. I met her when we were freshman in college. She was...Read More »
4 of 65 | Posted by: Bonnie Kramer Balkin - IL

“Dear Ed, Katie and AllisonI just read the church bulletin I am so very sad to learn of Debbie's passing. You and the girls will remain in our prayers ”
5 of 65 | Posted by: Catherine Madaffari/Hernandez - FL

“I have been interning at the Pilot School. I never got to know her well, but I've heard stories from the kids and have seen the amazing written and...Read More »
6 of 65 | Posted by: Mary Lang - Thorndale, PA

“Dear Ed, Kaitlin and Allison, Words can't express the schock and deep sorrow I felt when Claudia called to tell me of Debbie's death. My thoughts and...Read More »
7 of 65 | Posted by: Heidi Nehlsen Copenhagen, Denmark

“Please accept my condolences on the passing of Debra. I had met her a few years ago at Pilot School thru my wife, Annette and when your family...Read More »
8 of 65 | Posted by: Steve Weiner - King of Prussia, PA

“Both of my children, Katie and Niko were fortunate to have such an incredible, caring, dedicated and nurturing Teacher touch their young lives. She...Read More »
9 of 65 | Posted by: Sharon Barber (Marinis) - DE

“Ed, I was so sorry to hear about the sudden loss of your wife. My deepest sympathies to you and your daughters. ”
10 of 65 | Posted by: Sophia Flynn - St. Louis, MO

“Dearest Ed, Kaitlin & Allison,I am thinking of you, praying for you and sending you all my love. Whatever you need from Sacred Heart, let me know. We...Read More »
11 of 65 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Ed,We were stunned to hear of Debbie's passing and have been thinking of you and the girls all week. Debbie was an integral part of helping...Read More »
12 of 65 | Posted by: A friend

“Ed, Katie and Allison, We send our heartfelt condolences at this incredibly sad time. Deb always had us laughing. Her tender heart, faith, kindness...Read More »
13 of 65 | Posted by: Dave, Maureen, Allison Theresa and Shannon - FL

“Ed, Katie and Allison, Debbie inspired us so much with her wonderful personality. She is an angel. Her stories of the Chinatown bus always made...Read More »
14 of 65 | Posted by: A friend

2010 Girls On The Run 5K “Mr.Buenaga, Kaitlyn and Allison:Mrs. Buenaga was not only a great teacher, she was also great runner, who could put anyone in a good mood. She...Read More »
15 of 65 | Posted by: Jordan Ross - Newark, DE

“I would like to send my condolences to Debbie's family and let them know that I was shocked to read this morning that Debbie had passed away. She was...Read More »
16 of 65 | Posted by: LANI THUREAU - Wilmington, DE

“We will always rember her smile; the wave as she drove by and the 'brrrrr' when the weather wasn't warm. Truly a lovely person. Ed, we share your...Read More »
17 of 65 | Posted by: Jill and Ralph Gordy - Wilmington, DE

“Ed- my deepest sympathy for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. The service was a wonderful tribute to Debbie. May God Bless...Read More »
18 of 65 | Posted by: Nicole McClelland - Medford Lakes, NJ

“Ed, I was saddened to hear of the untimely loss of your beloved wife. You and your family are in my prayers. I saw the below poem the other day and...Read More »
19 of 65 | Posted by: Kim Strong - St Louis, MO

“Mrs. Buenaga was my son Jordan's favorite teacher at Pilot. She had such a way with kids. She saw the very best in him and others no matter what was...Read More »
20 of 65 | Posted by: Tammy Long - Newark, DE

“Ed - our deepest sympathy for you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
21 of 65 | Posted by: The Suttons - Decatur, GA

“Ed, Katie and Allison, Our hearts go out to you in this trying time.We were shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. It's incomprehensible. Debbie...Read More »
22 of 65 | Posted by: Patrick Simmons - Hockessin, DE

“Our deeply thoughts are with your whole family. I only knew you all for one year but your mother was the sweetest woman. I remember going to the...Read More »
23 of 65 | Posted by: Tish Farmer - Milford, NH, NH

“Ed, Katie and Allison,My deepest sympathies to you on the loss of Debbie. I will always have fond memories of our time at Georgetown and after. The...Read More »
24 of 65 | Posted by: Dennis O'Brien - Fair Haven, NJ

“My saddest grievances to the Buenaga family. May God invite her in open arms to the kingdom of heaven. Rest in peace. Amen.I miss her.Sid Shakamuri ”
25 of 65 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Allison, Kaitlin and Ed,Our hearts are broken, our thoughts so sad. We have vivid memories of your "full of life," Mom and can't believe she...Read More »
26 of 65 | Posted by: Susan Giardino - Doylestown, PA

“We just want you to know that you are all in our prayers. We will always remember Deb's vibrant spirit and energy. We were blessed to have you as...Read More »
27 of 65 | Posted by: Shelley and Roger Dickerson - FL

“Buenaga family, it saddens me to here of Debbie's passing. We had many hours working together through the girls school and church. Praying for you...Read More »
28 of 65 | Posted by: A friend

“Ed, Katie, and Allison - I'm so sorry. You have so many friends who share in your grief and are here for you. I only wish there was something we...Read More »
29 of 65 | Posted by: Patrick Castagno - Newark, DE

“Dear Ed, Katie, and Allison We love your family and so look forward to everytime we see you since you have moved away. We are deeply saddened by...Read More »
30 of 65 | Posted by: Abby Vega - Ponte Vedra Beach,, FL

“To the Buenaga Family,We are so sorry for your loss. Our son Gavin had your mom last year. He said "Mrs. Buenaga made me feel like I was not a nobody...Read More »
31 of 65 | Posted by: A friend

“I would love to thank Ms. Buenaga for being my 8th grade teacher at Pilot School. This was the year when she first started out teaching there and...Read More »
32 of 65 | Posted by: Austin E.K - DE

“I'm very sorry for your loss. Hold on. ”
33 of 65 | Posted by: Allyn Bennett - St. Louis, MO

“Ed, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and the girls during this difficult time. With Deepest Sympathy, Dawn & Mitch...Read More »
34 of 65 | Posted by: Dawn Buska - Jacksonville, FL

“Ed, So sorry to hear about your loss. May your strong faith and family give you comfort during this difficult time. You and your family are in my...Read More »
35 of 65 | Posted by: Sherran Ebner - Dupo, IL

“Eddie, Caitlin and Alyson, There are no words to express our sympathy. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. ”
36 of 65 | Posted by: Judy and Brian Warshaw - FL

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Buenaga family. Our hearts are breaking for you at this time for your loss. We are thankful to Mrs. Buenaga...Read More »
37 of 65 | Posted by: The Cordell Family - Newark, DE

“I will always remember the way "Miss DiMarco" forced me to dig deeper and to give more in my writing and responses during English class in middle...Read More »
38 of 65 | Posted by: Shani Cordero Wilkerson

“Dear Buenaga family, we are so sorry for your loss. My son is new to Pilot this year, and Debra was his teacher. Even in this short time she made a...Read More »
39 of 65 | Posted by: The Vavala Family - Wilmington, DE

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Buenaga family. The Laurence Family ”
40 of 65 | Posted by: A friend

“To Ed and family...my heartfelt condoleces, thoughts, and prayers are with you during your time of grief. ”
41 of 65 | Posted by: Russell Zint - Washington, DC

“To the Buenaga Family,Our thoughts and prayers are with you. My son Nicholas was taught by Mrs. Buenaga at the Pilot School and will always remember...Read More »
42 of 65 | Posted by: A friend

“My love and prayers go to the Buenaga and Di Marco families. I worked with Debbie at 91 Street in the middle school many years ago and enjoyed every...Read More »
43 of 65 | Posted by: A friend

“The Otero family is deeply saddened to hear of Deb's passing. Deb could always muster a joke during those long PCA board meetings. Ed, you and the...Read More »
44 of 65 | Posted by: The Otero Family - FL - friend

“To the Buenaga FamilyOur thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.We will be forever grateful for the hard work and gentle...Read More »
45 of 65 | Posted by: A friend

“All of our hearts, prayers and support are with Ed and the girls. We pray that they listen for her voice as they move through these first days, and...Read More »
46 of 65 | Posted by: Ken & Cheryl Staab - Huntersville, NC

“My deepest condolences to the Buenaga family during this difficult and sad time. I still keep fond memories of "Miss DiMarco", who was my English...Read More »
47 of 65 | Posted by: Florencia Guerra - New York, NY

“To the Buenage Family,My deepest sympathies go out to all of you. Debbie was one of my sons favorite teachers at Pilot. Debbie's love of teaching...Read More »
48 of 65 | Posted by: Colleen & Scotton Quinn/Hoelzer - DE

“We will forever be grateful to Mrs. Buenaga for all she did for our son Erik at The Pilot School. Her impact will not be forgotten.The Mentzer...Read More »
49 of 65 | Posted by: Celine Mentzer

“Ed, I could not believe the news when I heard it yesterday. Please know that you and the girls are in our family's thoughts and prayers. ”
50 of 65 | Posted by: Linda Delaney - St. Louis, MO

“Buenaga Family, I am truly sorry for your loss. May Jesus bring you his peace and love during this difficult time. Carol Millican ”
51 of 65 | Posted by: A friend

“Debbie, Thank you for the many inspiring ideas you instilled in your students. Your love lives on in them. ”
52 of 65 | Posted by: C S - Wilmington, DE

“To the Buenaga Family,We cannot tell you how deeply saddened we were to here of the untimely passing of Debbie. Our son Zach attended the Pilot...Read More »
53 of 65 | Posted by: A friend

“Ed, Katie and Allison: I am so completely shocked and at a loss for words to express how deeply sorry I am to hear of Deb's passing. I've been...Read More »
54 of 65 | Posted by: Terry Maxwell - Doylestown, PA

“Dear Ed, Katie and Allison, We are so sorry for your loss. These are the times when it is so hard to live apart from our friends. Please know that...Read More »
55 of 65 | Posted by: Angie Griggs - Ponte Vedra, FL

“Just got re-connected a few months ago with Debbie via FB. So very sorry to hear the news. Our deepest sympathy to you, Ed and the girls. ”
56 of 65 | Posted by: Carol and Marty Rose - Cornelius, NC

“Debbie was such a beautiful soul and gentle spirit. She will be deeply missed by her Georgetown friends. Robin and Ken Kencel ”
57 of 65 | Posted by: A friend

“Debbie lived on my floor our freshman year at Georgetown. We lived on first New North, and the floor was collectively known as The First Ladies. ...Read More »
58 of 65 | Posted by: Karin Nelson Cummings - Phoenix, AZ

“Debby and I met on the first day of freshman year at Georgetown as we were in the same dorm. We stayed close through our years at Georgetown as the...Read More »
59 of 65 | Posted by: Tom Schneider - Wilton, CT

“To The Buenaga Family, The Jenkins Family send many prayers in your time of grief and we are truly sorry for your lost. Sincerely, The Jenkins...Read More »
60 of 65 | Posted by: Tonya Jenkins - Smyrna, DE

“Ed, We are so deeply sorry about Debbie's untimely passing. She was a precious and beautiful woman who touched so many people in this world in such a...Read More »
61 of 65 | Posted by: Stursberg Family - FL

“Ed, Katie & Allison - words cannot express how heavy our hearts are right now. You are in our daily prayers and thoughts. Love, Marianne, David,...Read More »
62 of 65 | Posted by: Marianne Sypniewski - FL - friend

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
63 of 65 | Posted by: Bob Hewston - Birmingham, AL

“Ed, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
64 of 65 | Posted by: Kameron George - Birmingham, AK

“Buenaga Family, My sincere sympathy and condolences to all of you. I have fond memories of Debbie while she was an active parent with Doylestown...Read More »
65 of 65 | Posted by: A friend


Debra Ann Buenaga, age 53, of Greenville, DE, formerly of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL died on Saturday, November 10, 2012.
Debbie was born in New York City, the daughter of Joan and the late Al DiMarco. She attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart for 12 years and went on to earn her BA from Georgetown University, her MS Special Education from Fordham University, and her MS Educational Administration from Columbia University. She was a member of Girls on the Run, Inc. and Georgetown University Admissions Program.
Debbie married her husband, Ed, in 1989 and moved to San Francisco where she gave birth to their first child, Kaitlin. The family moved back to the east coast where their second daughter, Allison, was born. A relocation to Ponte Vedra Beach, FL a few years later allowed Debbie to embrace the year round warm weather. One final relocation to Wilmington, DE in 2007 brought Debbie much joy by the warm reception the family received from neighbors and new found friends in the area. Her love for teaching led her to the Pilot School where she taught for the past four years. Her dedication to the students and passion to make a difference in their lives was her driving goal.
She is survived by and will be greatly missed by her husband of 23 years, Ed, her two daughters Kaitlin 21, who attends the College of William and Mary, and Allison 19, who attends the University of Florida; her mother Joan DiMarco of Wilmington, DE; sisters Deidre McPadden and Wendy Connuck, both of Yardley, PA; 10 nieces, 7 nephews, 7 brothers-in-law, and 5 sisters-in-law.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, November 16th at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph's on the Brandywine Catholic Church, 10 Old Church Road Greenville, DE 19807. A viewing will be held on Thursday, November 15th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Girls on the Run Inc. in Debbie Buenaga's name, www.girlsontherun.org/Get-Involved/Donate.