Inez Jean (Funicello) Diliberto, age 95, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday July16, 2014, at the Masonic Care Community where she had resided for several years.
The daughter of the late Gemma Altieri and Frank Funicello, she was born December 27, 1918 in Utica, N.Y. In 1946, she married James V. Diliberto in St. Mary of Mt.Carmel Church where she was a longtime communicant. It was a marriage that lasted 65 years until his passing in April of 2009.
A hard working person her entire life, she had worked at Savage Arms during the war years. Her longest employment was at General Electric Radio Receiver but she had also worked at Joseph and Feiss, Diversified Case and as a secretary in the Neighborhood Counseling Office. In her retirement, she loved working at Winner's Ladies Dress Shop where she was their best customer and sales person!
Inez was the last surviving member of the Nu Sigma Psi Sorority, a group of life long high school friends. She was a faithful member of the Eastside Senior Center and served on its Board of Directors. She loved the senior bus trips and also accompanied some student groups to Europe. She enjoyed crafts and was a talented crocheter, having made an afghan for each of her many nieces and nephews in addition to lovely baby afghans for family and friends. And no one will ever forget her cookies, cookies, cookies made for family celebrations.
She was predeceased by one son, Sylvester Diliberto, her sisters and brothers, Carmella Anguish, Angela Piccoli, Elvira Siringo, Violet Bianco, Joseph Funicello and Ernest Funicello.
She leaves behind her daughter, Roseann (George) Lorefice of Manlius, NY, her grandsons, Christopher Lorefice of Long Beach, CA, Michael Lorefice of Seattle, WA, a special niece, Gemma Siringo, whom she considered like a daughter, her brothers and sisters in law, Joseph and Nancy Diliberto, Bennie and Dot Diliberto, Martha Diliberto, and several nieces and nephews.
The family is forever indebted to the staff of the Masonic Care Community, especially the Placid Unit that cared for her with such love and affection. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Masonic Care Community in her memory.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 4pm to 6pm at The Scala & Roefaro Funeral Home Inc. 1122 Culver Ave. Her funeral will be Monday from the funeral home at 9:30 am and at 10:30 am at Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Church. The Rev. James Cesta will celebrate her Mass of Christian Burial. Private interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery.
Monday, July 21 2014