Mary C. Malette DiStasi
HIGHLAND - Mary C. Malette DiStasi, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, On Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. She was 74.
She was born Sept, 25, 1939, at Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn N.Y., to Peter Malette and Mary Zita (Burke) Malette. Mary spent summers in Highland with her family, where she met her future husband, Lewis C. DiStasi, Jr., who she married on Feb. 11, 1961. Mr. DiStasi survives her at home. She attended Triborough School in Clintondale from Sept. through Oct. of each year, and completed each school year at the Manual Training School, in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she graduated in June 1957. She attended Brooklyn College and graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and also attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Mary taught in the Hill District of Pittsburgh and then several schools in Philadelphia while her husband, Lewis, attended law school. After moving back to the area, she was a substitute teacher in the Highland and Marlboro school districts. In 1975 she opened "The Little Yarn Shop" in Highland. She also worked at The R.G. Hill Insurance agency in 1985 and taught at the Highland Regional Detention Center in the late eighties. She taught English and Social Studies to seventh and eighth graders at St. George's School in Poughkeepsie, where she then became Director. She loved teaching children ages 12-13, as she felt that a teacher does the most good during those impressionable years. She also taught at Vassar Child Care, where she was also Director, until her retirement.
In addition to her husband, Lewis C. DiStasi, Jr., she is survived by her daughter, Krista DiStasi Rizzo and her husband Leonard J. Rizzo, III, of Gilbert, Ariz. She was pre-deceased by her son, Peter James DiStasi. She is also survived by her granddaughters Kala Elena and Luca Julianna Rizzo, who were the loves of her life; one brother Anthony Malette and his wife Annette of Maryland and sister Judith Lonnee of N.C., and Laura Malette and her longtime friend Margaret Murphy, also of N.C. In addition, she is survived by her brother-in-law, James L. DiStasi and wife Donna of Highland. She also leaves several nieces and nephews and dozens of friends. Special thanks, to Kathleen and James Merritt for their special care.
Mary will always be remembered by her infectious smile and wonderful sense of humor. Aunt Mary was always loving, intelligent, witty, fun and a great friend. She was never afraid to tell you exactly how she felt!! She will continue to live in all of our hearts forever.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
Calling hours will be held on Thursday Dec. 5th from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. 38 Main St. Highland, N.Y. 12528.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday Dec. 6th at 10 a.m. at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Highland. Burial will be private.
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