Carl Louis Ditta

July 25, 1954August 28, 2013

Carl Louis Ditta, age 59, affectionately known as “Big C”, went peacefully to heaven on Wednesday, the 28th of August 2013. He was born the 25th of July 1954, to Vincent J. and Josie F. Ditta. He touched the lives of so many, and those that he loved gave him that same love in return. He attended the day program at The Center, loved sports, participated in Special Olympics, ARC of Greater Houston, and Special Recreation Services.

Carl was preceded in death by his father, Vincent; grandparents, Carl and Frances Ditta, and Louis and Katherine Carrabba. Carl is survived by his loving, most caring and devoted mother, Josie; sister Fran Danna and brother-in-law, Mark; brother Louis M. Ditta and sister-in-law Elda; nephews and nieces Andrew Danna, Alexa Garcia-Ditta, Ryan Danna and Angelica Garcia-Ditta; uncle and Godfather Bernard Ditta, Godmother Josephine Valenti; aunts and uncles Pauline and Jimmie Tamborello, Mary Ann Samaniego, Joseph Carrabba, Frank Carrabba, and many cousins and friends.

The family would like to provide a special thanks to Select Specialty Hospital and Vitas Hospice, Memorial City.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o’clock this afternoon until eight o’clock this evening, Friday, the 30th of August, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, where the recitation of the Holy Rosary is to commence at seven o’clock.

A Mass of Christian Burial is to be offered at ten o’clock in the morning on Saturday, the 31st of August, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Road in Houston, where Msgr. Fred O’Connor, is to serve as the celebrant.

The Rite of Committal is to follow, via an escorted cortege, at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston.

Serving as pallbearers during the service are Andrew and Ryan Danna, Frank Carrabba, Gus Tamborello, Carl Frank Ditta, Stephen Ditta, John Marion Carrabba, and Jerry Guarino. Honorary pallbearers, Roy Palermo, Dr. John Burpeau, Gilbert Enriquez, and Robert VonMinden.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family kindly requests contributions be made to The Center Foundation, 3550 W. Dallas, Houston, TX, 77019; or to the Special Recreation Services, 7301 Ave. F., Houston, TX, 77011.


  • Visitation Friday, August 30, 2013
  • Rosary Service Friday, August 30, 2013

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Fran Danna

September 9, 2013

My sweet Carly, miss you so much. I've been thinking about you everyday.There is such an emptiness without you here. I love you. Franny

Mark Danna

September 8, 2013

Big Brother C, been thinking about you all week. It has been a little solemn down here but we know you are doing well. It's us having the problem of you starting a new journey without us and I envy you so much because I know you have seen so many beautiful things that we could never imagine. Feel free to send me any thoughts you would like to share with me and others, I will pass it on for you, and see if you have any pull to get me a one way ticket to come up and say hello to everyone including JMJ. I miss seeing and squeezing you with a big hug and tickling your tummy.
Love you my sweet brother and I promise I will not forget you and your beautiful laugh.

Elda Garcia-Ditta

September 6, 2013

Miss you "Big C".

September 2, 2013

Carl's smile and unconditional love will be in my memories of him forever. What a shock to learn of his passing. Stephanie, my Foster Care provider called me last night. She loved Carl, too. Anita and I would have attended the funeral, but we learned of it too late. You were always such a devoted Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jennie and Marge Garrison

Anita and Robb Hodgkins

September 1, 2013

Dear Josie and family,
We are so deeply saddened to hear of Carl's passing. He always greeted us with his infectious smile whenever we went to pick up Ricky at The Center. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Gene and Florence Lamont

September 1, 2013

Every time we attended a wedding and Carl was there we can still remember Carl's smile as he so sweetly ask
"Will you dance with me". I know he is dancing with angels now. So sorry for your lose.

August 31, 2013 sorry to see this about Carl..loved being around him..remember him so fondly from Special Olympics..thoughts and prayers with you....Bob Allen

Dr. Shannon Lane

August 31, 2013

I was Carl's teacher at The Center over 20 years ago, and while I was only with him for a short while, the time that I spent with Carl profoundly changed my life. His smile and humor, his love of people and all of gods creatures, his devotion to our catholic faith, and his vast knowledge on many subjects, including but not limited to: Houston Oilers, Graduates of St. Thomas High School, Where to get the best meatball sandwiches in the city and always my favorite, where the pretty girls ran at Memorial Park. God sent us an angle who saw the world the way we should all see it, as a place full of nothing but unconditional love. My sympathies to Ms. Josie and all of the Ditta Family.

Mike Cenatiempo

August 31, 2013

Carl was part of the glue that holds the Ditta and Carrabba families together. May he rest in peace. Mary Lou and I send our sincerest sympathy.

Gabe Ortiz

August 31, 2013

I met Carl at memorial park #2 watching
his dad Vince play softball on Tuesday nights against my dad Manny,and we would talk sports and wrestling all the
time.Carl,Iam glad to have met you and
you were a true friend,god bless.
Gabe Ortiz