Frank Joseph DiMaria of New City, NY passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on April 20, 2013. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 21, 1922 to Catherine Finazzo and Gaspare DiMaria. He was pre-deceased by his sister Lucille DiMaria, and is survived by his brother Angelo DiMaria; his beautiful wife of 67 years, Rosa Ria (nee Dimino); his 3 devoted children Adria DiMaria, Francis Carl DiMaria and Mary DiMaria; and his 7 adoring grandchildren Marlena, Meredith, Francis, Alyssa, Anthony, Michael and Mackenzie.
Frank led a life of self-sacrifice and service; he was a man of character and faith, who was deeply committed to his country, community, family and friends.
Frank served as an Air Force Staff Sgt. in WWII, and graduated from NYU with a MA in Physical Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation. As a young man, Frank worked with wounded WWII vets at VA Halloran Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, and later went on to build "The Hall of Heroes" in the Town of Clarkstown – honoring those who bravely served in US military conflicts and war.
Frank worked with disabled children at Camp Jawoni, and served as Recreational Director of Letchworth Village, a former residential institution for the physically and mentally disabled, for over 30 yrs. During the past 51 yrs, Frank served as Director of Senior Activities for Clarkstown, and only recently retired this past Jan. at the age of 90.
Viewing will be held from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm on Mon. 4/22 at Higgins Funeral Home, 321 South Main St. New City, NY. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 am on Tues. 4/23 at St. Augustine's Parish, 140 Maple Ave. New City, NY, followed by burial at St. Anthony's, 35 West Nyack Rd. Nanuet, NY 10954.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Frank DiMaria's name to The Wounded Warrior Project PO BOX 758517, Topeka KS 66675, www.woundedwarriorproject.org