Mary Ellen Dzurilla

October 26, 1935October 23, 2020

On Friday, October 23, 2020, heaven received a new angel when Mary (“Marie”) Ellen Dzurilla, loving wife and caring mother of six children and seven grandchildren, passed away at age 84. Marie was born on October 26, 1935 in Brooklyn, NY to George and Elizabeth Reardon. On May 11, 1957, she married Donald R. Dzurilla. Together they raised six children and influenced countless more.

Marie had an abundant passion for her family and humbly serving God. She also loved to sing, dance, tell stories and read. Marie was a fierce proponent of life and those less fortunate. From volunteering at soup kitchens, to visiting the elderly, her station in life was helping others. Admired for her love, infectious smile, courageous attitude, kind and compassionate spirit, she will be greatly missed.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, her father and mother George and Elizabeth and her brother, James. She is survived by her six children, “The Happy D’s” - Dawn, Douglas, David, Darren, Debbie and Dean, and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, November 5th, 2020 at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave N, Naples, FL at 12 o’clock pm followed by a graveside service at 3:00pm at Naples Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending donations to the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. You can donate online or by mail at 399 Fruit Hill Ave., Providence, RI 02911.



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Juan Gonzalez

November 1, 2020

Dear Dzurrilla Family,

I didn’t have the pleasure and honor of meeting Mrs. Mary Ellen Dzurrilla. However, I know his son Dean Dzurrilla. He is a true testament to the values that the Dzurrilla family had at their home. A home full of love and care for all.

Dean- you are a true reflection of your Mom and Dad’s values. You and your siblings have a new angel watching over all of you.

All of you will be in my prayers.

Donna Jean Ardolino

November 1, 2020

To the Dzurilla Family

May your Mom rest in peace with your Dad and his sister in Heaven. Artie and I give our condolences to your family in this difficult time. She will always have a place in our hearts. Love, Donna Jean, her flower girl forever.

Karlo Matesic

October 31, 2020

Hi Mom,
Goodbye Lady “D”.


Darren Dzurilla

October 29, 2020

Aloha Mom,
As I navigate these last days a deep sorrow fills the cells of my being. Eternally Grateful for the support you have continuously given me. Remembering you say “a Mother’s love is like no other”. You truly stood with these words. Your onslaught of encouragement has catapulted in shaping me to be the man I am today. Blessed I be to have this life. Thanking you for being the catalyst to make this happen. How I would hear you say to others “Darren marches to his own beat”. This has continuously reverberated throughout my life. Doing things few only would dare to do. After every ocean crossing I couldn’t wait to phone and hear your voice. I clearly remember being ejected off my boat in a treacherous storm 900 miles from land. I know it was your prayers that got me back aboard. You continued to be my cheerleader all the while the call of the next ocean would speak. 101,000 nautical miles later I’m home and in love. Thank you! I was your 11 pound 10 ounce baby and you would say to me “I will never forget you Darren”. These words I still hear you speak today. Growing up I watched you contend with a household full of testosterone and yet in your small stature would stand to command attention. Your strength to serve humanity was an indicator to purpose and gave me license with the keys to do the same. Being True to God, True to Love was your message. I listened with intent and took that message around the world. You touched many through my hands and deeply smile when reflecting on it. These last years haven’t been easy for you. Free at last from this physical domain. Life as we know it moves on. I carry you in my heart knowing we will meet again. To the many teachings, offerings and selfless acts you bestowed on all you touched. Forever grateful, blessed beyond these words for all you have been in my life. Till we meet again. I love you so very much. My joy to yours, Darren

Margaret P. P.

October 29, 2020

Dear Debb,
I am so sorry about your loss.
Of course your sweet mom is resting in peace. I know she will be in yours and your siblings' hearts forever.
Our prayer goes out for your family.
We love you, and sending you
Our Condolences.
Maggie and Michael P.

Debbie Matesic

October 29, 2020

Hi Mama-
I can’t believe the day is here that I am leaving you this little note in your obituary. There are so many things I’m going to miss about you mom. Thank you for all of your love. I will love and miss you forever. Say hi to Daddy and I hope you guys are dancing again.
Love you More...
Your Deborah Ann ❤️❤️❤️

Joseph Palumbo

October 29, 2020

Family of Marie And Donald Dzurilla

All the Boys and One Girl.
Let your Mother's love stay in your hearts forever.
She loved you strongly.
Karen & Donna loved your mother also.
So did myself.
We give our blessings to you all.
Our Love,
Donna, Artie, Karen, Joe, James & Uncle Joe

Karen Garofalo

October 29, 2020

Aunt Marie can be described in one word, genuine kindness. Her laughter was so contagious you laughed so hard you forgot what you were laughing at, and it didn't matter. Aunt Marie made you feel good all the time. She cooked for an army and delicious. Her wonderful wacky kids made her crazy all the years and it never ruffled her. She had unconditional love for everyone and you felt it.
She was a great listener and knew when you needed help or just an ear. Aunt Marie made a 7 layer vegetable lazagna, we made it together one afternoon and could not believe she put peas it in. I was skeptical at first to taste it, but the Dzurilla Cousins ate it up like chocolate. It was sooo good! She made cake all the time and watched her figure. She was beautiful on the outside and a dedicated mom, wife and friend on the outside. Uncle Don gave her a run for her money...he was such a character and teased her all the time. "Oh, Don!" she would say and laugh throwing her head back egging him on. He adored her! Aunt Marie danced the Irish jig at every event, communion, confirmation, baptism, wedding, barmitsvah, any occassion, all occassions! LOL She just kicked off her shoes, went to the dance floor and DANCED! That was Aunt Marie! Enjoyed life to the fullest and gave so much to others! I am blessed to have had her in my life! God Bless her as she reunites with Uncle Don to DANCE some more...Love, Karen

Lissie Flett

October 29, 2020

I will always remember Marie as 'Mrs D' the ultimate head of the wonderful Dzurilla family. Never have we felt more welcome on visits to the USA from the UK. She welcomed us into her home and opened her heart to us in the most generous way. Marie became the American Grandma to our children and she treated them like her own. There wasn't anything not to like with Mrs D. Loving, kind, happy and lots of fun. She will be sorely missed from afar. Sending all our love to all the Dzurilla family 💗

FC Aka David Dzurilla

October 29, 2020

To my dearest mother,
Every Mother’s Day I would write the same sort of thing, which would start off by letting you know how special and loved you are to me. You taught me so many things in life, some hard lessons to learn, others were compassionate and unconditional love. Your influence and selflessness has inspired to many to list.
You will be missed tremendously, but never ever forgotten. Your legacy will live through your children, grandchildren and beyond!
I’ve always said Mother Teresa has nothing on you.
Love, Dave


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