Spanning Three Centuries of Service

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Concetta “Connie” DiPietro

Concetta “Connie” DiPietro

Concetta (Connie) DiPietro, a lifelong resident of New Rochelle, died July 18, 2016 at the age of 94. Born August 28, 1921 in Guardia Lombardi, Avellino, Italy to the late Rosario and Maria Gaetana ( Valvano) Cardillo, Connie arrived at the age of seven in Mount Kisco, NY, at the time a small country town. Quickly adapting to American life and language, she loved her new adopted country while always maintaining great pride in her Italian heritage, customs, and friendships. Connie distinguished herself in school, winning many honors, graduating at the top of her class, and being awarded a scholarship to business school in New York City. Quickly recognized by her employers as a fast and intelligent learner, she was promoted to the senior offices of the Reader’s Digest Corporation in Chappaqua, New York.
Connie’s strong desire to help others was reflected in her efforts to help countless new arrivals with citizenship papers, to obtain driver’s licenses, and to help retirees obtain coalminers’ benefits. She often encouraged friends and family members to pursue higher education.
Connie met the great love of her life, Joseph DiPietro, and married him on May 16, 1943. They were blessed with a 73-year marriage that was a true partnership; they were a team together. It was a marriage of giving, great moral values, and strong Catholic faith. Following her marriage, Mrs. DiPietro moved to New Rochelle where she and her husband built a wonderful home and business together.
During her marriage, Connie worked in New Rochelle City Hall for 35 years in different capacities, concluding as an Administrative Assistant to Mayor Len Paduano. She insisted that the offices of City Hall be welcoming and accessible to all, working beyond her official duties, and aiding citizens in every way she could. Connie was well-recognized throughout the city and universally spoken of with respect.
Throughout her life she remained civically active in politics and community. She worked on the political campaigns of local, state, and even presidential candidates. Connie was a long-time volunteer at Sound Shore Hospital, the New Rochelle Public Library, and St. Catharine’s Church in Pelham. She was also a member of the Pelham Civic Association. Her desire to continue learning led Connie to study Horticulture and Culinary Arts. This was exhibited by her beautiful gardens and the delicious meals and banquets that she prepared. Her last venture began at the age of 87 when she became “tech savvy” and began her avocation in the financial world of stock trading, at which she was amazingly successful up until one week before her death. Connie truly believed that anything done should be done with care and as close to perfection as possible, for this was a reflection of one’s self and respect for others. Her faith was deep and abiding, as reflected in her great generosity and the Christian tenet of helping others, especially visiting the sick and comforting the dying.
However, it was always her family, in which she instilled the value of education and learning, that remained her top priority. She and her husband Joe traveled extensively and spent winters in their Jupiter, Florida home over the past 30 years. Hers was a life that truly influenced and changed other lives. She was an extraordinary person, a woman of indefatigable energy and generosity, and full of life. All who knew her marveled at her outgoing warmth. She truly lived a life that mattered and as matriarch, she was a role model whom her family loved and adored.
In addition to her beloved husband Joseph, she is survived by her loving children, son, Joseph A. DiPietro, M.D. (Mary-Lynne), her daughter Maria Massimi (Frank), and her four cherished grandsons, Robert Massimi (Nora), Stephen Massimi, M.D. (Nicole), Joseph M. DiPietro, and Stephen DiPietro, her great-granddaughter Juliette Massimi, sister Philomena Poli, sister-in-law Delia (Carmine) Iannacchino, brothers-in-law Angelo (Anna) DiPietro and Adam (Mary Lou) DiPietro, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Rocco Cardillo, and sister Rose Cardillo McGrath.
Visiting hours will be Wednesday and Thursday 6:00 to 8:30 PM at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, 16 Shea Pl., New Rochelle, NY 10805. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Friday, 10 AM at St Catharine’s Church, Pelham, NY. Interment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, New Rochelle, NY.

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