Delphyne Rae Garetto, 51 of Wanatah, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. She was born May 15, 1971, in Blue Island, IL to Donald and Barbara (Cherest) Garetto. Del graduated from Bloom Trail High School in Chicago Heights, IL, and made her career as a delivery driver with several auto parts stores in Northwest Indiana.
Del was a devoted NASCAR fan, who watched religiously every Sunday, cheering for her favorite driver, Kevin Harvick. Kevin was lucky enough to meet his biggest fan and gifted Del with a few of his lug nuts. Del was also an avid White Sox fan and a lover of unicorns. She was known for her thick, red hair and her bubbly personality. Del will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and big heart. She was a loving and devoted mother, daughter, sister, and aunt who will be dearly missed.
Del is survived by her son, Justin Garetto of Wanatah; father, Donald Garetto; siblings: Donna (Marlo Panega) Garetto, Danny (Chrisy) Garetto, David (Steve) Garetto-Barnett, Dawn (Rick) Sparger, and Deanna (Allen) Gorrell; Nathan Sornson, who was like a son to her; and many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Garetto; uncle, Lee Cherest; and aunt, Donna Barich.
A visitation will be held on Friday, December 9, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Wanatah Funeral Chapel, 309 N. Main St., Wanatah, with a funeral service beginning at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Justin Garetto.
I’ll miss you dearly, Aunt Del, I always thought we would grow old together but God had other plans for you. -Jennifer Conley
I had only gotten to know Del over the past few years from my job, but she made an impact on me. She was so easy to connect with and she instantly made you feel like a friend. She was kind and funny and witty. Her smile made me smile. I am so grateful to have gotten to call her a friend. My heart aches knowing I won't see her again. I send my love and comfort to her family and friends. -Crystal Holaway