Carl Louis Ditta, age 59, affectionately known as "Big C", went peacefully to heaven on Wednesday, the 28th of August 2013. He was born the 25th of July 1954, to Vincent J. and Josie F. Ditta. He touched the lives of so many, and those that he loved gave him that same love in return. He attended the day program at The Center, loved sports, participated in Special Olympics, ARC of Greater Houston, and Special Recreation Services.
Carl was preceded in death by his father, Vincent; grandparents, Carl and Frances Ditta, and Louis and Katherine Carrabba. Carl is survived by his loving, most caring and devoted mother, Josie; sister Fran Danna and brother-in-law, Mark; brother Louis M. Ditta and sister-in-law Elda; nephews and nieces Andrew Danna, Alexa Garcia-Ditta, Ryan Danna and Angelica Garcia-Ditta; uncle and Godfather Bernard Ditta, Godmother Josephine Valenti; aunts and uncles Pauline and Jimmie Tamborello, Mary Ann Samaniego, Joseph Carrabba, Frank Carrabba, and many cousins and friends.
The family would like to provide a special thanks to Select Specialty Hospital and Vitas Hospice, Memorial City.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock this afternoon until eight o'clock this evening, Friday, the 30th of August, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, where the recitation of the Holy Rosary is to commence at seven o'clock.
A Mass of Christian Burial is to be offered at ten o'clock in the morning on Saturday, the 31st of August, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Road in Houston, where Msgr. Fred O'Connor, is to serve as the celebrant.
The Rite of Committal is to follow, via an escorted cortege, at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston.
Serving as pallbearers during the service are Andrew and Ryan Danna, Frank Carrabba, Gus Tamborello, Carl Frank Ditta, Stephen Ditta, John Marion Carrabba, and Jerry Guarino. Honorary pallbearers, Roy Palermo, Dr. John Burpeau, Gilbert Enriquez, and Robert VonMinden.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family kindly requests contributions be made to The Center Foundation, 3550 W. Dallas, Houston, TX, 77019; or to the Special Recreation Services, 7301 Ave. F., Houston, TX, 77011.