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Monday, February 11, 2008  
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Julia M. DiFeo, 91, of Spring Lake, died Saturday, February 9, at home. Julia was the matriarch of the DiFeo family and didow of Sam DiFeo, founder of the DeFeo auto empire.  Julia was a member of the Teresians and the DiFeo's have been generous benefactors of the College and the Prep.
Julia was born and raised in Jersey City and moved to Spring Lake in 1975. Julia graduated from Dickinson High School, Jersey City, and then went on to graduate from Christ Hospital School of Nursing, Jersey City. She also received her bachelor of arts degree from Jersey City State College, Jersey City. In 1938, Julia met Sam DiFeo, whom she later married in 1942. She was formerly a parishioner of St. Aloysius Church, Jersey City, and a current parishioner of St. Catharine's Church, Spring Lake. Julia was a member of the Sodality of the Children of Mary of St. Teresa in Jersey City, where she was a member for 50 years, a member of Dante Alighieri Society, and a member of the Women's Club of Jersey City. She was also a member of the Mother's Club at St. Peter's Prep., Jersey City, and a member of the Women's Club and the Garden Club, both of Spring Lake. She enjoyed reading, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Julia was predeceased by her beloved husband, Sam C. DiFeo, in 2006; her two brothers, Vincent and Louis; and her five sisters, Philomena, Carmella, Mary, Veronica, and Frances. She is survived by her sons, Joseph and his wife Genevieve, Denis and his wife Cynthia, and Samuel and his wife Jordis DiFeo; a daughter, Cecilia and her husband Lawrence Iannaccone; and 14 grandchildren, Joseph, Andrew, and Christina DiFeo, Jenifer and her husband Paul Ganun, Gina DiFeo, Elisa, Julia, Anthony, Samuel and his wife Hilary, Christopher and his wife Kiernan, Brian and his wife Tiia, Michael DiFeo, Alexander and Lucas Iannaccone. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren, Madeline and Coner Ganun, Matthew, Julia, Josephine, Lucy, Evelyn and Millicent DiFeo; a brother-in-law, Robert Eakin; her sisters-in-law, Claire Massano, Esther Blasucci, Grace Balesteri, Genevieve Luisi, Yolanda DelGaizo, and Millicent Cappadonna; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A special thanks to Julia's devoted caregivers, the late Nelcia Gibbs, Llewella Gibbs and Roseanne Wilson, and to Deacon Edward Jennings for his spiritual guidance.

Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the O'Brien Funeral Home, Route 35 at New Bedford Road, Wall. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday from the funeral home, followed by an 11 a.m. Mass at St. Catharine's Church, Spring Lake. Committal will follow at St. Catharine's Cemetery, Sea Girt. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Julia and Sam DiFeo, '32 Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Peter's Prep., 144 Grand St., Jersey City, NJ 07302.

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