Mary Rose (DiGiulio) Dinatale, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2023, with her family at her side.
Mary was born in Triggiano, Italy, on April 21, 1939, to Vincenzo ("Jim") DiGiulio and Annuziata (Romano) DiGiulio.
Mary and Nick first met at camp when they were kids. Little did she know that 11 years later, they would marry on April 8, 1961 in Chicago.
After starting married life in Chicago, they moved to Addison in 1967. So many wonderful friendships were made there. After 38 years, they made the big decision to move to Huntley. True to form, Mary and Nick created another circle of wonderful friendships at Del Webb.
The legacy she and Nick lovingly created together: daughters, Phyllis (Scott) Magnuson and Nancy Infusino, and son, Frank (Jackie) DiNatale; grandchildren, Maria (Jonathan) Scianna, Nicole (Kevin) Bergquist, Dina (Bill) Costello, Tyler Magnuson, Robert (RJ) Infusino, Madeline DiNatale, Alec Magnuson and Jacqueline DiNatale; great-grandchildren, Charlie Bergquist, Austin Scianna, and Hailey Bergquist. She is survived by husband, Nick, brother, Vito (Rose) DiGiulio, and many special nieces, nephews, godchildren, and good friends. Proceeded in death by her parents, Vincenzo ("Jim") DiGiulio and Annuziata (Romano) DiGiulio, brother Frank (Josephine) DiGiulio, sister Rose (Mike) DeFrancesco, great niece Natalie Sirinvasan, and her children, Sienna and Michael, godson Mark Campanelli, niece Nancy DiGiulio, and beloved friend Carol Herman.
Mary fiercely loved her family. She treasured the times when everyone gathered together as well as the smaller get-togethers. She was so very proud of her children, grandkids, and great grandkids and was always their biggest champion. Mary adored being a grandma and was just overjoyed to become a great grandma. Each of her grand and great grandkids had a very special bond with her.
Music was a big part of her life. The soundtrack of her blessed life included Johnny Mathis, Harry Belafonte, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, the Bee Gees, ABBA and Andrea Bocelli. She loved to dance with Nick and her grandkids, too. Mary could be counted on to share her recipes for focaccia, sliced cookies, and pasta "with a light sauce," the latest sales at Jewel (shrimp!) or to recount memories from Italy as a child and days gone by. Mary loved the ocean. While on the beach, she was reminded of her Italian roots.
Mary will be missed by so many who loved and knew her. Ti amo molti molti, Maria.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from 9-10am at St. Mary Catholic Church-10307 Dundee Road, Huntley with a Mass being held at 10:00am at St. Mary. Entombment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
For further information please contact the funeral home at 847-515-8772 or online condolences may be directed to www.defiorefuneral.com
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So very sorry for your loss.
I’m so very sorry for your loss and the fact that I only met Mary twice. I would have enjoyed spending more time with her. My heart is with you all during this time.
Frank and family, so sorry for your loss. Prayers for God’s love and strength to help you all during this time as well as your wonderful memories. May Mary Rest in peace.