A memorial service for Concetta Marie Mirenda DiFazio, a longtime Mountain View resident, is set for Thursday, June 7, at 4 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 1120 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View. She died May 8 at the age of 89.
Born April 11, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York, she was the youngest of three children born to Sicilian immigrant parents, Antonino and Anna Cali Mirenda.
She worked as a clerk for Navy Intelligence during World War II, and in 1944, she married Raymond DiFazio, an Army sergeant just returned from Africa and the European Theater. In 1951, she moved with her husband, two small children and her elder sister and her family to Mountain View. There, they reunited with her parents and her brother and his family. The family was very close and always gathered for Sunday dinner.
DiFazio was an active member of St. Joseph's Parish and a founding member of the Parent Teacher's Guild at St. Joseph's School. With only a high school diploma, she worked her way up from clerk-typist at the local municipal court to Clerk of the Court, and eventually was named Citizen of the Year in Sunnyvale, her family says. In 2010, she moved to Salt Lake City to be near her daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Concetta is survived by her son, Ray DiFazio Jr. of San Francisco; her daughter, Regina DiFazio Fischer of Salt Lake City; her grandchildren, Christina Fischer Phelps of Havertown, Penn., David Fischer and Julianna Fischer Ahrend, both of Salt Lake City; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her sister, Carmela Simione, her brother Philip Mirenda and her grandson, Jeffrey Fischer.
The family prefers memorial contributions be made to the Concetta DiFazio Memorial Fund at St. Joseph's School, 1120 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View CA 94040.