Julia DeFazio

Obituary of Julia DeFazio

Julia Anna (Aurigemma) DeFazio of Highland, formerly of Marlboro, went to her heavenly home on Monday July 31st, 2017. She was 97.

She was born the 5th of 11 children to the late Vincent Aurigemma and Rose (Rinaldi) Aurigemma on March 2nd, 1920, at home in the Bronx, New York.

Julia is predeceased by her husband, Domenic DeFazio (October 9, 1920 - June 25, 2005). They were married in Avellino, Italy on October 31st, 1946 and moved to Marlboro shortly after to live among her family.

She is also predeceased by nine siblings, Felicia Vinceguerra, Anthony Aurigemma, Florence Affuso, Pasqual Aurigemma, Steven Aurigemma, Viola DeFabio, Andrew Aurigemma, Rita Pucino and Rosemarie Graziosi

Julia is survived by her son, Kenneth (Bonnie) DeFazio of Naples, Florida; daughter Diane (Dr. Doug) Eglauf of Mamaroneck, New York; daughter Ginny (Daniel) Mrdjenovic of Highland; and her three grandchildren, Shaun, Ryan, and Rose Mrdjenovic.

Julia is also survived by her brother James (Ruth) Aurigemma of Marlboro, sisters-in-law Lucy Aurigemma of Marlboro and Ida Adamo of Washington state, and many nieces, nephews and cousins throughout the United States and Canada.

As devout Catholic and longtime parishioner of St. Mary's Church of Marlboro, New York, Julia taught Religious Education for many years. Julia served as a lector and member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Santa Maria, Grand Regent.

Julia was a well-known avid reader, often sharing books with her sisters. She loved to crochet, do crossword puzzles, write poems, talk on the phone, and cheer on the Yankees. Anyone who was lucky enough enjoyed her cooking.

Julia was proud of her children, grandchildren, and large Italian family. She had tremendous joy living in the same home as her grandchildren in her later years. She often spoke of their talents and accomplishments.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 on Thursday, August 3rd, at the DiDonato Funeral Home in Marlboro. Funeral will take place at 10:30am on Friday, August 4th at St. Mary's Church with Fr. Thomas Lutz as celebrant, with the burial to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Marlboro.

Donations can be made to Ulster County Hospice or St. Mary's Church, Marlboro.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Carl J. DiDonato, Jr. of the DiDonato Funeral Service, Inc. (845) 236-4300, www.didonatofuneralservice.com