DR. EUGENE DICERO
May 7, 1935 - Jan. 5, 2013
Dr. Eugene DiCero, 77, died suddenly of a heart attack on January 5th in Calipatria, California; where he was currently working as a staff physician at Niland Clinic, a part of Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo. A longtime resident of Fremont, California, Dr. DiCero had practiced medicine there and in the Bay Area for forty-three years. Trained as a pediatrician, he would develop a practice that came to include both children and adults, as his patients grew up and wished to remain in his care.
Dr. DiCero leaves his wife of 54 years, the former Joan Pietracatella, and their five children: Kimbell, and her wife, Diane O'Donoghue, of Cambridge, MA, Suzanne, and her husband, Gabor Szilasi of Gallatin, Tennesse, Andrew and his wife Patricia, of Newark, California, Pier-Franco of Ashland, Oregon, and Jennifer Gibson and her husband Michael Gibson of Beaverton, Oregon and their seven grandchildren: Charlie DiCero-Dikter, Patrick and Andrew DiCero, Russell (Alex) DiCero, Cara Mia Szilasi, Kyrae and Audrey Gibson. Dr. DiCero believed that his family was his greatest accomplishment.
Born on Staten Island, New York on May 7, 1935, Dr. DiCero was the son of the late Joseph and Laura (Antenore). His elder brother, Freddie Bisseco, predeased him in 2002. Dr. DiCero received his undergraduate and masters degrees from John Hopkins University in 1957, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1962. Prior to moving to Fremont in 1966, he was in internship and residency in pediatrics at Yale New Haven Medical Center. Dr. DiCero was a long-time member of the California Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association, a former board member of the YMCA, and was a Washington High School team physician in Fremont. He was a member the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. He loved music, especially bluegrass, along with folk music, opera and had memorized the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. After he closed his private practice in 2009, he chose to devote his retirement time to serving in areas that needed physicians. He and his wife Joan spent time clinics in: Modesto and Los Banos, California, Littlefield, Arizona, and Consolidated Indian Health in Redwood Valley, California. In 2010 he joined Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo in Niland. He and his wife Joan travelled between this practice and their home in Fremont. He wanted to die doing the work that he loved and that is indeed what occurred.
A memorial service will be held in Calipatria, California on Saturday, January 12th at 11 a.m. at the Calipatria Community Church, 180 W. Church St. and Park Street, and in Fremont, California at later date.