Patricia O'Neal DiMaio
Pat DiMaio, 88, peacefully passed away on August 13, 2017 after a long illness.
She was born in Mt.Cuba, Delaware on April 4, 1929 to the late Owen and Margaret O'Neal.
Growing up, Pat played the accordion and was a competitive dance roller skater. She attended Alexis I DuPont HS, where she played field hockey and represented her class as May Queen. On a beach trip to Wildwood, NJ in 1947 she met the love of her life, best friend and husband of 68 years "Louie" DiMaio. They were married in Centerville, DE in 1949, eventually settling in Hockessin, DE to raise their six children. Pat created a loving home for her family and visitors, alike. Through her gifts of, gardening, canning, baking, decorating, and entertaining, all felt the warmth of her hospitality.
Pat worked hard with Louie on projects, family camping trips and volunteering. She always gave her fullest. For years she was active at St Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church in Hockessin as both a 1st and 2nd grade CCD teacher, Eucharistic minister, and Christmas Bazaar organizer, to mention only a few of her efforts.
Later, Pat worked as a receptionist at Cokesbury Retirement Village, where she assisted residence on many levels, beyond her job description. With Pat's warm smile, compassion, generosity and genuine kindness she brought joy to everyone she touched. She was known for her love of color and flare for fashion. After the family had grown, Pat and Lou enjoyed their passion for travel to: Switzerland, England, Ireland and Italy.
In 1986, Pat and her husband retired to Myrtle Beach. She continued to stay active, volunteering with Meals on Wheels, SOS and as a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church. There she volunteered her time to many ministries, most notably, forming The Rosary Makers Group. Thousands of Rosaries have been made and were shipped around the world as well as to our soldiers. This ministry is still active.
As the number of Grandchildren grew over the years, Pat and Lou wanted to ensure there was a lifelong bond created among the cousins. They started the annual tradition of having all the grandchildren from around the country gather for a week of camping at "Cousins Roundup". As a family team effort, she enjoyed this tradition for 10 years with great success resulting in unwavering ties. Family was at the center of Pat's world, who surrounded her through her final days.
She is survived by her husband Louis R DiMaio of 68 years of Myrtle Beach, SC and their six children: Bob DiMaio & wife Beverly of SC; Bruce DiMaio & wife Debra of FL; Renee DiMaio Lane & husband Barney of CA; Karen DiMaio Swartling & husband David of SC; Keith DiMaio & wife Lynda of NC and Denise DiMaio Beatty & husband John of SC. Her 16 grandchildren : Marti Schutte, Pete and Jeff DiMaio, Samantha and Frank DiMaio, Bradley and Jonathan Lane: Ryan, Matthew, and Troy Swartling; Christopher, Scott, Anthony, Hunter, and Joseph DiMaio and J. Michael Beatty, Jr along with their spouse and 16 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters: Doris Mazzio of PA; Phyllis Algard of PA; Shirley Giofre of DE; Lorraine Becker of DE; Peggy DeVry of PA; Yvonne Downs of AZ and brothers Joseph O'Neal of DE and Roger O'Neal of DE and sister-in-law, Thomasanne Diver of DE. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Sara Beth DiMaio and brothers : Owen Jr, Ronald, Lewis, and Lawrence O'Neal.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated September 9, 2017 at St. Andrews Catholic Church, 3601 N Kings Hwy Myrtle Beach, SC at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers the family requests a memorial to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 South East First Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131