Diana M. Aponte
October 9, 1944 – August 11, 2019
Diana M. Aponte passed away suddenly on Sunday, August 11, 2019, after a brief illness, surrounded by family and loved ones at St Michael's Hospital in Newark.
Diana was a woman of great faith who demonstrated unconditional love for all of her family and friends. She was a kind and caring soul who was generous to all. She was a devoted and loving wife and mother. Her beautiful smile, which she shared often, will be missed by all who knew her.
Diana was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico to Santiago and Luz Maria (Betancourt) Rodriguez. The family, with her brother Hector, moved to New Jersey and settled with many family members on Pennsylvania Ave, in Newark. She attended Miller Street School and later graduated from West Side High School in 1963.
While attending Saint Bridget's Church in Newark, she was introduced to Jenaro Ramos, whom she married on her 21st birthday. They settled in Irvington, NJ and welcomed their only child, Jerry. Diana lost Jenaro to illness after 24 years of marriage.
Diana worked in the medical field. She started at Saint James Hospital, in their X-Ray section. She then became a medical insurance specialist for the Irvington OB GYN Group, where she worked for 27 years and made lifelong friends. She then worked for Dr. James Rommer for 12 years until she retired at the age of 70.
In 1999 she married Leónides Aponte. They attended Saint Patrick's Pro Cathedral in Newark, where Leo later became a Deacon. They were both extremely devoted to the Parish. Diana became a Eucharistic Minister and Lector and organized and participated in many church functions. Diana was loved by all in the church community.
Predeceased by her parents, Santiago and Luz Maria (Betancourt) Rodriguez and her husband Jenaro Ramos.
She was survived by her husband, Leonides Aponte, her son, Jerry Ramos and her brother Hector Rodriguez. She was also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, step children, grandchildren, in-laws, and friends whom she loved dearly.
Visitation will take place on Friday, August 16, from 4-8 pm at the LaMonica Memorial Home 145 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Livingston. The funeral will commence at the funeral home on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 9 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral, 91 Washington Street, in Newark at 10:30 am. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
- Visitation Friday, August 16, 2019
- Funeral Mass Saturday, August 17, 2019
- Entombment Saturday, August 17, 2019
Diana M. Aponte
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August 19, 2019
Shirley Anne Betancourt
August 17, 2019
I have fond memories of you as a child and adolescent. You were a special cousin to me, always kind, generous, and your sense of humor was second to none. May you rest in peace,
August 14, 2019
Although we weren't related by blood, she was and always will be Titi Diana to me. She had a beaming smile that came from deep within and gave the best hugs. You couldn't help but to just feel happier after spending any amount of time in her presence. My condolences to Leo, Jerry and the entire family. Que en paz descanses titi.
August 14, 2019
Mom, How fortunate our family's have been to have had each other over 25 years. You have been a constant light in my life along with Bela and Norma. The 3 most incredible and influential women in my life. The love and hugs you shared with me throught good and bad times. All the laughs and beautiful smiles without words, let us know how much we loved each other. Not a day will go by you won't be in my heart or thoughts. Thank you for leaving apart of who your are with me. You will live on through all you have touched so deeply. Que continúes brillando bendiciones sobre nuestra familia y tus alas te permitan volar alto sobre los cielos. Te amo con todo mi corazón.
Celia Alfalla toubes
August 14, 2019
Diana was my soul sister. She was a very kind and loving person. Always there if u needed her. I have known Lady Di since 1980. I was blessed to have had her in my life. I will miss her terribly and always remember her and her kind smile. My condolences to Leo Jerry and the rest of the family. Rest In Peace mi hermana del alma.
August 13, 2019
Leo and family you are in my prayers. Diana was a beautiful person and she will always be in my heart. Love Ana
August 12, 2019
Diana always had a big smile whenever we saw her at a family event. You could see how in love Leo and her were and they enjoyed being photographed together. I recall her RSVPing for my dad's 90th birthday party saying "God willing, her and her husband would be at the party." And Diana did make it to my dad's surprise party. It was such a shock to hear the news. However, Diana will remain forever in our hearts for the kindness and love she gave towards our family. May Diana rest in peace and our deepest condolences to Leo and Diana's family and friends. All our love, Kane Family - Tom, Maria, Brandon and Tyler