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Aycock Funeral Home & Hillcrest Memorial Gardens

6026 North Us Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL

OBITUARY

Judith Lillian DiMatteo

November 8, 1941November 3, 2019
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It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Judith Lillian DiMatteo, our loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.

Judith was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and was educated in the NYC school system. She is survived by her two daughters, Patricia Hawkey (David Hawkey) and Jennifer DiMatteo-Bennett (Frank Bennett), and her son, Leonard DiMatteo; her four grandchildren, Trevor Cordeiro, Jada Cordeiro, Tyra DiMatteo, and Jordan Bennett; her three siblings, Frank Morales, Isabel Rodriguez, and Elmer Morales; and her beloved feline companion, Peanut. She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank DiMatteo; her parents, Sixto and Isabel Morales; and three siblings, Tony Morales, Norma Casanova, and Sixto Morales. As an adult, Judith was a secretary for a stock brokerage in Manhattan where she met her loving, soon-to-be husband, Frank. The two moved to Staten Island, New York and started their family. Judith was a dedicated mother and, first and foremost, she treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. Her love of family was beyond reproach. She especially embraced her role as Nana. She had a vivacious personality and always made people laugh with the things she said and did. Judith had a way about her that with just a mere look, she could instill fear in her children, yet with that same look show you she loved them.

For most of her life, Judith was deathly afraid of cats. After the sneaky coaxing of her children, the first of three separate kittens was allowed to stay. Peanut, the third of her three babies, had Judith’s full attention and her lap was never empty.

Our loving mom, grandmother, sister, and friend is now at peace with all her loved ones that have passed before her, and her beloved cat Peanut will live out her days with Judith’s daughter.

A visitation will be held on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with a celebration of life service beginning at noon followed by interment. All services will be held at Aycock Funeral Home & Hillcrest Memorial Gardens located at 6026 N US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34946.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.aycock-hillcrest.com for the DiMatteo family.

  • FAMILY

  • Frank Santo DiMatteo, Husband (deceased)
  • Mrs Isabel Morales, Mother (deceased)
  • Sixto Morales, Father (deceased)
  • Patricia Hawkey (David Hawkey), Daughter
  • Jennifer DiMatteo-Bennett (Frank Bennett), Daughter
  • Leonard DiMatteo, Son
  • Trevor Cordeiro, Grandchild
  • Jada Cordeiro, Grandchild
  • Tyra DiMatteo, Grandchild
  • Jordan Bennett, Grandchild
  • Frank Morales, Brother
  • Isabel Rodriguez, Sister
  • Elmer Morales, Brother
  • Tony Morales, Brother (deceased)
  • Norma Casanova, Sister (deceased)
  • Sixto Morales, Brother (deceased)
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Leonard DiMatteo
  • Frank Bennett
  • Trevor Cordeiro
  • David Hawkey
  • David Rodriguez

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 9, 2019
  • Place of Rest Saturday, November 9, 2019

Memories

Judith Lillian DiMatteo

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Barbara Myers

November 20, 2019

I am blessed to have been called “Brat” by Mrs. D. Being called by her affectionate little term meant you had a special place in her heart.
I’m embarrassed to say, I doubted that one time when Trish and I were teenagers. I remember one night when Trish and I babysat for a woman who had to work a nightshift. All started normal – two friends excited to hang out while making a little spending money. The night was going fine until we went into the kitchen and turned on the lights, cockroaches scattered everywhere – walls, sink, counters, even the ceiling. Trish and I were freaking out! Now, knowing how protective Mrs. D is of her loved ones, I immediately suggested calling her. Surely, she would not stand for us being left in this terrible situation. No doubt she would be on the doorstep in moments to rescue us. But, she didn’t come. In fact, she flat out told us, “No, you two stay there until the mother gets home!” I couldn’t understand what was going on. She was the fiercest protector of her girls that I had ever encountered. How could she neglect us and force us to deal with these terrible bugs everywhere?
As I reflect back, I see her behavior from a totally different perspective. I remember now, how forceful she was in giving us direction on exactly what steps to take to keep ourselves and the baby safe. Then, when the long night was over and we returned home, we found her waiting up for us. She greeted us with clean towels and washed all our clothes immediately. She did not abandon us. Her instinct for protection was spot on – only it wasn’t for us that night. When she received our phone call for help, she became a fierce protector for that sleeping baby. She knew we didn’t really need rescuing. She was teaching us some of her super power skills for protection and empathy. Mrs. D was making sure that baby had at least one peaceful night with us watching over it.
PS, I’m sure she called us brats when we slept in the next day!

Stephen Vazquez

November 19, 2019

Mrs. DiMatteo,

My recollection of you can be categorized as one of “complete” respect. My memory encompasses a series of moments which were all quite similar.

As an insecure young man, I recall picking up Trisha to take her out on numerous occasions. I was crazy about your daughter, so just driving around Jackson Township with her was thrilling for me in itself.

I remember entering your home where you sat with her Dad in the living room. At times I felt like I was pulling off the heist of the century by taking her out of such a warm and caring environment.

How could I “pop in” at a moment’s notice and remove her from such decent surroundings? ... just so we could race around Ocean County blasting Bon Jovi.

Somehow, I seemed to gather the courage to speak with you on a mature level and suppress my insecurities. In retrospect, it was always your sincerity that put me at ease. A certain warmth combined with wisdom, which you maintained on a regular basis. I respected you then, the way I do this very moment... as I write this special tribute to you.

You raised two decent girls with the values that we’d all love to see in our children. Once again, I’m unable to veer away from the word “respect,” as this is the only way my recollection is able to view you, describe you, and honor you.

Your journey into eternity is just beginning. May God take you in his arms and anoint you with eternal peace. May you fly high with the angels, and experience the bliss of life everlasting. You will be missed and honored by those of us who’ve been blessed to be in your presence, and feel the decency that you’ve cast over our spirits here on earth.

Rest In Peace Mrs. DiMatteo, and find solace in the freedom from pain you experience now... and forever. My sincerest respects are all yours. God Bless you. 🙏








RoseMarie (aka Titi) Ramirez

November 17, 2019

Judy was the Jacqueline Kennedy of our group. She always dressed to the nines and I thought she was the most sophisticated girl I had ever met and how lucky I was to be able to call her my friend. Even the way she held her cigarette was sophisticated. Fortunately, I never smoked, but I remember practicing with unlit cigarettes , in front of a mirror, thinking that I wanted to be just like her. We were blessed to have maintained our friendship for over 50 years. I will especially miss our yearly weekends at our Florida home where we could catch up and reminisce about our youth. We love you,Judy. Always Titi & Ray

David Rodriguez

November 17, 2019

Memories of my sister

I still remember taking care of her when she was a baby, I would give her baths, comb her hair and even dress her. I did not need any toy dolls,I had my baby sister. I also remember making a dress for her which she told me that she still has it on my last Overnight visit with my sister on October 27, 2018. The next day on the 28th my son David brought me and my sister out to breakfast and we had such a good time. I love my sister and I will miss her very much to me she was special, every phone call before we hang up we always said I love you to each other. I have so many happy memories of me and my sister my heart is broken forever. I will pray for my sister and the girls. I love you Judy Rest In peace your sister Isabel.

David Rodriguez

November 17, 2019

Memories of my sister

I still remember taking care of her when she was a baby, I would give her baths, comb her hair and even dress her. I did not need any toy dolls,I had my baby sister. I also remember making a dress for her which she told me that she still has it on my last Overnight visit with my sister on October 27, 2018. The next day on the 28th my son David brought me and my sister out to breakfast and we had such a good time. I love my sister and I will miss her very much to me she was special, every phone call before we hang up we always said I love you to each other. I have so many happy memories of me and my sister my heart is broken forever. I will pray for my sister and the girls. I love you Judy Rest In peace your sister Isabel.

Teri Barenborg

November 14, 2019

Although I didn’t know your mom, I do know how much she was loved as it is evidenced by your pictures, comments and sweet posts. I know she will be missed and will always hold a special place in your hearts. Hugs to your family during this sad time. My prayers include you. A special hug to you Trish! ❤️

Christina Bortnyk Cox

November 13, 2019

Judy was an amazing women. Met her in Jackson NJ. SHE WAS A GREAT MOM, FRIEND, GRANDMOTHER. WHEN JUDY FOUND OUT THAT MY MOM WAS PASSING AWAY FROM CANCER, SHE AND JENNIFER CAME TO MYRTLE BEACH TO BE WITH HER. THEY STOOD BY HER, HELD HER HAND,, EVEN TRAVELED TO GEORGETOWN HOSPICE TO SAY THERE FINAL GOODBYES TO HER. JUDY HAD A HEART OF GOLD. WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR OTHERS. SHE WAS LIKE MY SECOND MOM. LOVED HANGING OUT AT THERE HOUSE IN JERSEY. ALWAYS KEPT AN EYE ON US AFTER SCHOOL, BECAUSE MY MOM WAS WORKING. LOVED SWIMMING IN THERE POOL, ESPECIALLY POOL PARTIES. THEN WHEN YOU MOVED TO FLORIDA, I WAS CRYING. DIDN'T WANT YOU TO LEAVE. WE WERE LOSING A GOOD NEIGHBOR AND FRIEND. THANK YOU JUDY FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU DONE FOR OUR FAMILY. YOU WERE ALWAYS THERE FOR US.

LOVE YOU JUDY
MISS YOU ALWAYS.
NOW YOU ARE WITH FRANK AND MY MOTHER. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.

Tyra DiMatteo

November 13, 2019

I don't remember a time Nana wasn't in my life. She's always been there. After school, she would pick me up because mom couldn't and she would take me to the park. Then we would go get coffee or ice cream and then go back to her house. I remember sitting on her counter and helping her open boxes or jars. I remember watching her cooking or reading. One specific memory that I have of her is going over to her house when we were thinking about adopting Jordan. And I told her my thoughts that I had yet to tell other people. And she stood in her kitchen and listened. She waited till I had finished my thoughts before talking it out with me. Nana has been such an inspiration to me and I haven't realized until now, how much I'm going to miss her. With love, Tyra.

Len Di Matteo

November 12, 2019

What can I say about mom that anyone reading this doesn’t know.
We all know she was a great mom, Nana, sister and devoted friend.
What people may not know is that I WAS HER FAVORITE CHILD! (She could not tell anyone this, but I KNEW, it’s how she made me feel all the time. Haha (just kidding girls, she loved you two more than life itself and would have given her own life to save yours without thinking twice).
Mom had a way about her when it came to me, that although it angered me at times it was always fun.
You see, mom LOVED to bust my chops and attempt to get under my skin, which led to some comical verbal battles. (I even have video proof which can only be shown to people over the age of 21 due to some of her language). Videos available upon request at the low low price of $159.99 (hey, I gotta eat too)! Haha, again, just kidding, it was the exact opposite- I loved to get her going (as well as many other family members - you all know who you are 😘).
Moms love for her girls, grandchildren and family was an amazing thing to behold.
As you all know I still reside out of state, but when I came to visit her, I would sit back, observe and watch her and be amazed at the love that poured out of her for her family.
Mom as we all know was a STUBBORN woman and DID NOT LISTEN to anyone when it came to something she wanted to do even when she could barely walk from her chair to the kitchen, and always asked me or anyone else in her house if they were hungry, she would cook them something. Again, she was simply amazing being in that much physical pain and wanting to cook for us.
Well I could go on for ever talking about this wonderful woman, my dear loving mom, but I’m closing in on the maximum amount of letters that can be put in this tribute.
I love you mom, have always loved you and will love you forever!
Tell Dad his “Butch” said hi.
See you soon mom.
Thank you for everything you have ever done for me.
I will miss you terribly....😢
Your son, Len

Sheri Ruddy

November 11, 2019

She was always a ray of sunshine ! Always welcomed me into her home with a smile and maybe some baked ziti as well! A beautiful loving soul. I have only fond memories of your mom ! My condolences to you all. 💔😰

FROM THE FAMILY
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Mom as a little girl with her mother

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Young Judy - so adorable

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Mom’s high school senior picture

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The Morales Family
Mom’s dad, Sixto Morales
Mom’s mom, Isabel Panisse Morales
The boys: Tony, Sixto, Frank & Elmer
The girls: Isabel, Norma, Judy & baby Patty (Tony’s daughter)

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Mom helping her sister, Norma, get dressed for her wedding

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Uncle Elmer took mom to her prom. Mom looks gorgeous

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Judy, Terry, Vicki & Titi back in the day

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Mom and Vicki in their swim suits

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