OBITUARY

Marie Weise DiDio

September 25, 1930December 27, 2018
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Marie Weise DiDio, 88, of Verplanck, NY and Hilton Head SC, died peacefully on December 27, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. DiDio was born in Verplanck on September 25, 1930 to Frank and Myretta (Elkins) Weise. She was the loving wife of Joseph DiDio, who predeceased her. She was the beloved mother of Rosemary Brehm (Bill) of Safety Harbor, FL; Michele Brophy (John) of Bluffton, SC; Celeste DiDio of Tampa, FL; and Lisamarie Hickey (Joseph) of Hilton Head, SC. She was the cherished grandmother of Stephanie (James Jeffryes) and Dani Brehm; Megan Brophy; Joseph, Kevin (Jordan Haughton-James), Patrick and Sean Hickey. She is survived by her beloved brother, George Weise and sisters-in law Louena Weise and Betty DiDio . She is predeceased by her sister, Gloria DiDio and her brothers Frank and John Weise and is survived by many loving nieces and nephews, and cousins. She attended Hendrick Hudson HS, and had a long and proud career in Educational Office Personnel in the District – starting as “Ditto-Machine Lady” – and culminating as Principal’s Secretary at Blue Mountain MS. She negotiated salaries for the Hen Hud Office Personnel Association and inspired others to honor the profession and value their contributions to the District. She organized a most successful Regional Conference for the State Educational Office Personnel Association at Blue Mountain MS in 1986. A long-time Parishioner of St. Patrick’s Parish in Verplanck, she was instrumental in establishing the first library at this Catholic School attended by herself, generations of her Weise family, and her own four daughters. She empowered many girls of the Parish as our encouraging and fun-loving Girl Scout Leader. Her love – after family – was all things Verplanck’s Point. Proud to be a life-long “Pointer,” she was part of every committee that sought to honor her home town: Preserving the Verplanck Schoolhouse; working with the Town of Cortlandt to enhance sidewalks and crosswalks; and opposing anything that was unfair to the “Point.” Fascinated with her hometown’s legacy, she co-authored a “History of Verplanck” for our Bicentennial; and was instrumental in Rochambeau’s Bicentennial Celebration in Verplanck in 1981. Her activism began in 1965, when she challenged the powers that be over the 25 cent per person daily admission charge to Lounsbury Swimming Pond. She led a petition drive by parents and children of all ages against “this travesty.” She wrote – “It could cost a family with 4 kids $10 per week!” A pioneer in community organizing, her goal was to constantly improve the lives of all the children and families of Verplanck and surrounding areas. A gardener extraordinaire; seamstress par excellence, mischief-loving, Halloween dressing-up super star, and Queen of the 7th Street High Tea get-togethers, Marie inspired and motivated all with her amazing smile, her sparkling blue eyes, her “can-do” attitude, and her Verplanck spirit in her heart. Mom was with us one last Christmas, but wasn’t going to miss dancing with Dad at Heaven’s New Year’s Eve Party. We thank all the people who cared for her during these last years and are indebted to our sister Lisa and brother-in-law, Joe Hickey and their four wonderful boys for superbly caring for Mom in her “southern home away from home.” In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to www.StJude.org or Compassus Hospice 10911 N Jacob Smart Blvd b, Ridgeland, SC 29936 Friends may call at Edward F. Carter Funeral Home, 170 Kings Ferry Rd., Montrose, NY on Friday, January 4, from 2-4 and 6-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Saturday, January 5 at St. Patrick’s Church, Verplanck with Interment to follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Verplanck.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 4, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Burial Following Funeral Mass Saturday, January 5, 2019
REMEMBERING

Marie Weise DiDio

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Beverly Jackson

December 30, 2018

Thank you for the privilege to get to meet your mom. Loved her laugh and contagious smile. You guys are going to miss her deeply. May the memories stay with you forever and know she will be dancing again in Heaven❤️

Adrienne Ferris Pietras

December 30, 2018

My sincerest condolences to you all on the loss of your Mother.I remember her wonderful smile and her laugh. She will be greatly missed by all who lives she touched. Love to you all.

Sue Dahlke-Nolan

December 30, 2018

So sorry for your loss. Have so many nice memory, of when I worked at the hair salon in Verplanck.

Love and prayers to all.

Sue

Angie and Wayne Smith

December 30, 2018

Dear Ro, Michele, Celeste, Lisa and family, our love and prayers to you at the loss of your loving Mom Marie. We have many wonderful memories of the good times we shared throughout the years at work, trips with the LAMMS and the many NYS Secretarial Conferences we attended and hosted. The LAMMS will never be the same without our Marie.

Marily/Gene Martin

December 29, 2018

Dear Ro, Michele. Celeste, Lisa and family,
Love and prayers for the loss of your Mom, Marie. We go back a long time and our memories will remain in our hearts forever. Sending you love and heartfelt thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. Since we are in Florida, we are not able to be at the visitation nor the Mass but will be with you in spirit. Love from our family to yours.
Marilyn and Gene

Mickey Heyl

December 29, 2018

Dear Lisa and family, the memories spent laughing with your family are too numerous to mention😊.
We were blessed to have second mothers in our lives.
I will be praying for you all and now she, your dad and Aunt Glo are together again. I love you.

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