Di Stefano, Dominic, Jr.
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Dominic Di Stefano Jr. of Binghamton, born August 19th, 1946, was rebirthed October 30th, 2013. He died at home in the arms of his son, surrounded by family, after an extended battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Jean (Palermo) and Dominick Di Stefano Sr. of Binghamton; by his aunt and uncle, Norma and John Palermo of Binghamton; by his uncle, Frank DiStefano of Binghamton; and by his sister-in-law, Sandra Cook of Clearwater, Florida. He is survived by his loving wife of forty years, Donna Di Stefano; by his son and daughter-in-law, Daeman and Billie Di Stefano of Astoria, Queens; and by his son and future daughter-in-law, Dante Di Stefano and Christina Rizzo of Endwell. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Maria and Ambrose Lynch of Vestal; by his aunt Anna DiStefano of Binghamton; by his aunt and uncle Barney and Evelyn di Stefano of Bowie, Maryland; by his brother-in-law, Daniel Cook of Clearwater, Florida; and by many beloved cousins, a dear niece, nephews, godchildren, and friends. Dominic retired after thirty-nine years and seven months of employment with the United States Postal Service. In his retirement, Dominic worked as the parish business administrator for St. Mary of the Assumption/St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church. Dominic was a graduate of North high school and an Army Veteran. He received his B.A. and his M.A. in accounting from Binghamton University. He was a devout Roman Catholic; he enjoyed gardening, exercise, the poetry of Emily Dickinson, and prayer. The family would like to thank the following medical professionals for their compassionate care: the staff at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, the staff at Wilson Hospital, the staff at Lourdes Hospice, and the staff at Endwell Family Physicians, especially, Dr. Lazarus Gehring and Anela. Those wishing to, may make a donation to the Holy Family Vocational Orphanage in Southern Uganda, run by Sister Caritas Barajingitwa, care of the Diocese of Syracuse: 240 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY 13202; donations may also be made to the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers of North America: 33 Pryer Terrace, New Rochelle, NY 10804. Funeral Services will be held Monday, November 4, 2013 at 8:45 AM from the James V. DeMarco & Son Funeral Home, 737 Chenango Street, Port Dickinson, NY and continue at 9:30 AM in St. Mary of the Assumption Church where a Funeral Mass will be offered. Burial will follow in Chenango Valley Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call at the DeMarco & Son Funeral Home Sunday from 4 - 7 PM.
"More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not despair". Romans 5:3-5.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3, 2013