Delia Theresa Bilter Halstead, 84, of Colonial Heights, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2022. Born on June 20, 1938, in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of the late Frederick Joseph and Anna Alvino Bilter. She was also preceded in death by her loving husband, Sherman Halstead, Sr.; her brothers, Alexander Bilter and Frederick Bilter, Jr.; brother-in-law, Harry Lilly; and her mother-in-law, Vera Lilly.
Delia was a longtime member of St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church. She became a civil service employee at Fort Lee, Virginia, in 1963. She worked as a secretary for the third in command. She took a hiatus during the late 1960’s but returned in 1973. In the 1980’s, she was tasked with organizing and managing the first word processing pool at Fort Lee. In the 1990’s, she became a management specialist working on base closures around the country and helped save Fort Lee from closure- along with many others. She retired in 1996 to care for her parents. She was an active member of her homeowner’s association board for many years, and she was an active member of her church and in the Catholic Daughters chapter there. Delia loved to cook, especially baking. She also loved to knit, crochet, and sew. She worked hard at gardening and killed everything she planted. She followed politics closely and was a committed Democrat partisan.
She is survived by her son, Sherman Halstead, Jr.; her daughter, Theresa Liebler; her granddaughter, Heather Beirbnacki; her grandson, Terance Liebler; a great-grandchild she has not met; her sister-in-law and great friend, Sue McCool; sisters-in-law, Carole Bilter and Nancy Bilter; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church with the Father Ernest Bulinda officiating, 17111 Jefferson Davis Highway, S. Chesterfield, Virginia 23834. Interment will follow in Bermuda Memorial Park, 1901 Bermuda Hundred Road Chester, Virginia 23836. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on October 6, 2022, at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, secure.info-komen.org or to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, https://give.bcrf.org/.