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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 24 | Posted by: Anna Ford Halverson - CA

“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 »
2 of 24 | 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 »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Bonnie Kramer Balkin - IL

“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 »
4 of 24 | 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 »
5 of 24 | 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 »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Sharon Barber (Marinis) - DE

“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 »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Dave, Maureen, Allison Theresa and Shannon - FL

“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 »
8 of 24 | 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 »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Jill and Ralph Gordy - Wilmington, DE

“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 »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Tammy Long - Newark, 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 »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Tish Farmer - Milford, NH, NH

“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 »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Shelley and Roger Dickerson - FL

“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 »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Abby Vega - Ponte Vedra Beach, , FL

“I'm very sorry for your loss. Hold on. ”
14 of 24 | Posted by: Allyn Bennett - St. Louis, MO

“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 »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Shani Cordero Wilkerson

“To Ed and family...my heartfelt condoleces, thoughts, and prayers are with you during your time of grief. ”
16 of 24 | Posted by: Russell Zint - Washington, DC

“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 »
17 of 24 | Posted by: The Otero Family - FL - 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 »
18 of 24 | 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...Read More »
19 of 24 | 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. ”
20 of 24 | Posted by: Carol and Marty Rose - Cornelius, NC

“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 »
21 of 24 | 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 »
22 of 24 | 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...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Tonya Jenkins - Smyrna, DE

“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 »
24 of 24 | Posted by: Marianne Sypniewski - FL - 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.