Delanson, NY- Matilda “Tillie” DiGregorio, 88, passed away after a brief illness on March 28, 2022 with her loving family by her side. She was born in the Bronx, NY on September 2nd, 1933, daughter of the late Antonia and Norberto Perez. She is survived by her sister, Petra Morris, daughter Sharon (Michael) Hoffman, son, Vincent (Kristin) DiGregorio, seven grandchildren, Michael (Julie) Hoffman, Matthew (April) Hoffman, Vincent (Kissta) DiGregorio, Corrie (James) Haddix, Brian DiGregorio, Holly (Adam) Turnage and Austin DiGregorio, six great grandchildren, Christopher, Isabella, Anika, Stella, Vincent and Scout; along with several other members of her extended family. Matilda was pre-deceased by the love of her life, Vincent, her sister, Josephine, her brother, Raoul and her son, Michael.
Matilda was employed at St. Francis Hospital as a nurse’s aide when she met the love of her life, Vincent at the Snake Pit in Wappingers Falls. They were married on April 15, 1956 and celebrated 60 years of marriage before his passing.
Matilda was a life-long communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wappingers Falls, NY and was also an active parishioner at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church; where the priest joked that she was so old she witnessed Moses part the Red Sea.
Matilda was an avid sports fan, loved to attend the Hudson Valley Renegades games, and was MVP of the annual Hoffman 4th of July Wiffle Beer Game; where she struck out several former Duanesburg Varsity baseball players. No one wanted to face Grandma DiGiornio at the plate. She had a zest for life and never turned down a challenge, handing out Jell-O shots at the door at a Duke party, riding her first roller coaster at the age of 85 in Hershey, PA and zip lining through the jungle in St Lucia at the age of 86. There was never a dull moment when crazy Tillie was around.
Matilda’s favorite things included; daily phones calls with her late sister, Fifi to gossip about the latest episode of General Hospital, trips to Kohl’s with her fanny pack and coupons, watching the same episode of Chicago PD and Law and Order SVU every night, vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup, repeating “I don’t think I’ve ever tried this, have I, every time we’d cook tacos, the swiffer, folding laundry then subsequently yelling at Adam to bring it upstairs, toast with a pound of butter, and most importantly spending time with her grandkids and great grandkids.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Matilda’s family on Saturday, April 2nd, from 9:30am-12:00pm at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 1735 Alexander Rd, Delanson, NY with a celebration of life mass to follow. Burial will be at St Mary’s Catholic Church, 11 Clinton St, Wappingers Falls at a date and time in the near future.
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