February 8, 1925 - November 7, 2018
Nicholas Joseph DiIorio, a retired self-employed excavator, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at his home in Bloomingburg, NY surrounded by his loving family. He was 93.
The son of the late Nicholas DiIorio and Margaret Brendli DiIorio, he was born February 8, 1925 in Staten Island, NY. At the age of seven, his family purchased a farm in Bloomingburg. This is where he found his passion of country living, outdoors, hunting and farming.
Nicholas joined the army and served in World War II in the honor guard for General Eisenhower. Nicholas was honorably discharged and then married his loving wife, Josephine Marino, in 1947. They lived in North Haledon, NJ, where they raised their two children, Nancy and Nicholas. In 1973, Nicholas and Josephine returned to his family farm where they built their home and enjoyed their retirement. Josephine passed away in 1996. Nicholas then found a loving companion in Rose Reale and spent 15 years together until her passing. Throughout his life, Nicholas continued to enjoy country living, hunting and working on his farm, trucks and farm equipment.
He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Garofano and her husband, Thomas of Wayne, NJ; a son, Nicholas DiIorio and his wife, Sharon of Sonoma, CA; his granddaughter, Lisa Van Way and her husband, David of Wayne, NJ and great-granddaughter, Jenna, his "little sweetie", who always brought a smile to his face and a twinkle to his eye. He is also survived by Rose's children: Ann Abrahamson, Alan, Ronald and Michael Reale, and families.
A special thank you goes to Dennis, Karen and Kayla Garofano, Joe and Sarah Vitale, and Jerry LaForte for their continued love and support. Nick's family would also like to thank his devoted caregiver Irina, the Veterans Administration, and Heather #1 and Heather #2 from Hospice, all who gave such extraordinary care to him.
Family and friends are invited to gather from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, November 12th at the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan Street in Wurtsboro, NY. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13 at the Church of Immaculate Heart of Mary, 580 Ratzer Road in Wayne, NJ. Burial with military honors will follow at the Calvary Cemetery in Paterson, NJ.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties www.hospiceoforange.com or Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org or American Legion, Mamakating, NY Post 1266 or The Bloomingburg Fire Company www.bloomingburgfire.org
Arrangements under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Wurtsboro; for additional information or to send an online condolence, please visit www.kennyfuneralhome.com