Gloria Ann DiMedio (nee Verdi) died Monday at her home of 60 years in Haddonfield.
Gloria was a Woodrow Wilson High School graduate, received her bachelor's degree from Douglass College, and master's from Temple University. She taught at Camden High School.
Her family was her world; she was the devoted wife of Anthony Rinaldo DiMedio, and dedicated her life to him, and their four children, Annette, Mark (Elissa D’Alleva), Gina (Frank Marrazza) and Lisa (John Flamma), instilling her passion of music and the arts throughout their lives. She was a patron of the Haddonfield Symphony, and very involved with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
She is the cherished grandmother of Martha Marrazza, Marco Marrazza, Mia Marrazza, and Mark Anthony DiMedio. She adored and was adored by her sons-in-laws, John Flamma and Frank Marrazza. She is the dear sister of the late Rosemary Rausch (Nicholas) and Frank Verdi (JoAnn). Her cherished nieces and nephews, and their families, include Nick Rausch, Debora Rausch, Francis Verdi and Catherine Verdi, and the families of the DiMedio brothers, Silvio, Alviso, Renato, Gino, Alfred, Michael, and sister, Genetrice.
She was dedicated to her St. Rose of Lima Church, serving as Eucharistic Minister for over 25 years, director of house of charity for five years, taught summer Bible school and various committees of the church, including the bereavement committee, the social action group, and the adopt-a-family Christmas program.
She was also a reader for bookmates, a program where volunteers read to students at St. Joseph’s School in East Camden. She was very devoted to helping her community, and prepared sumptuous meals for those in need for more than 30 years. She and Anthony traveled the world after their children finished their education, including trips to Italy and other parts of Europe, and Israel. Gloria and Anthony's most "prized moment" was their private audience with Pope John Paul II.
Gloria enjoyed cooking, holding the DiMedios' New Year's Eve parties for her children and their friends, dancing, exercising at the gym and attending concerts throughout the United States, especially those performed by her children.
Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing Saturday from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. at the Kain-Murphy Funeral Home, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday morning, 11:30 a.m., at St. Rose of Lima Church, 4th Avenue and Kings Highway, Haddon Heights.
Entombment will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Chews Landing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to either The Underwood Memorial Hospital Foundation, 509 North Broad St., Woodbury, NJ 08096. and/or The Anthony and Gloria DiMedio Award, School of Music, The University of the Arts, 320 South Broad St., Philadelphia PA 19102.