DIAZ, Ophelia J. "Ofi", joined her Lord Jesus Christ in heaven November 17, 2012. Ofi was a native of Tampa and the descendant of Spanish immigrants who arrived in Tampa over 100 years ago. Ofi was a graduate of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School and a devout Catholic. Ofi worked at Knight and Wall, Florida Dairy and Town 'N Country Walk-In-Clinic. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Josefa Rodriguez; her parents, Manuel and Sofia Rodriguez Diaz; her brother, Manuel A. Diaz and her caring and loving niece, Debra C. Rivera and her husband, Hector L. Rivera. Ofi had a knack for attention to detail, a sharp memory and enjoyed a good wager or two. She was a fixture at many parish bingo games and for nearly three decades enjoyed spending Saturday nights with her father and nephew at Tampa Jai-Alai. She also was an avid fan of the University of Notre Dame and often bickered with her nieces and nephew about the Fighting Irish versus their respective alma maters. Ofi is survived by two sisters, Mercy D. Cannella and Stella D. Hammerschlag; her niece, Jo Ann Cardillo and Jo Ann's daughters, Brittney and Megan Cardillo; her nephew, Joseph F. Cannella and his wife, Theresa and their sons, Joseph A. and Matthew R. Cannella; her nieces, Christine and Cheryl Hammerschlag; and a great nephew, Hector J. Rivera and his wife, Hadley and their sons, Hector G. and Hudson J. Rivera. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1711 E. 11th Ave, with family receiving friends from 9 a.m. until time of Mass. Interment will follow at Myrtle Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joseph F. Cannella, Joseph A. Cannella, Matthew R. Cannella, Hector J Rivera, Ralph Garcia III and Robert Ammon. Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1711 E. 11th Ave., Tampa, Florida 33605, in Ofi's memory.
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Published in TBO.com on Nov. 20, 2012