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Philomena Rosanna ‘Miss Di’ DiGennaro

Philomena Rosanna ‘Miss Di’ DiGennaro

Funeral services for Philomena Rosanna ‘Miss Di’ DiGennaro, 78, of Levelland, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 6, at Head Duarte Funeral Home Chapel, with Father Jonathan Phillips officiating.

Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery, under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday, January 4 and Tuesday, January 5 at Head Duarte Funeral Home Chapel, with the reciting of the Rosary to be held at 7 p.m. both nights.

She passed away December 30, 2020, in Lubbock.

Miss Di was born on October 28, 1942, to Felice and Mary DiGennaro in Hartford, Connecticut.

She was a 1960 graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s High School of Hartford.

Miss Di continued her education and graduated from Saint Joseph’s College in West Hartford in 1964. She was a third order Franciscan.

She moved to Levelland in August 1970, where she taught at St. Michael’s Catholic Church and Carver School for many years.

After her retirement from Carver School, she continued teaching adult education classes at the Levelland Adult Education Center, until her passing.

She was very involved with the community and families and activities such as the South Plains Food Box and South Plains Community Action Center for many years.

Miss Di and her companion, Arlene Brooks, created and operated Friends of Francis Animal Shelter for many years.

During her lifetime she received the St. George Medal for Catholic Adult Scouting in 1980, and the National Catholic Education Association Outstanding Teacher of the year award in 1982.

Miss Di was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and loved everybody and lived to serve the Lord.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Felice and Mary DiGennaro; a sister, Lynda Kusy; a niece, Krista Kusy; and her companion of 50 years, Arlene Brooks.

She is survived by her sister, Cynthia (Jonathan) Bowditch; brother-in-law, William Kusy Sr.; nieces and nephews: Kathryn (Daniel Leon) Bowditch, Stephen Bowditch (Michelle Bowditch); and grand-nieces: Emma Bowditch and Lillian Bowditch, daughters of Stephen Bowditch and Lucy Kusy, daughter of William Kusy Jr., all of Hartford.

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  1. Rachael Kapur on January 29, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Miss Di was such a wondrous person. I will miss her.

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