Kathleen Marie DiRocco, 64, passed away July 2nd at home, with her loving family by her side, after a four year illness.
Kathy was born in NJ, where she resided until moving to Hilton Head Island in 2012 with her husband of 44 years, Derek DiRocco. The family vacationed here during each summer since 1980.
She was so excited to begin her life here on the island, explore new things and be an active part of her new community.
She loved tennis and golf, and was enthusiastically active in both until her illness in 2014.
Ever the adventurer, she earned her diving certificate and experienced the beauty of the Red Sea along the Egyptian coast.
Kathy’s beautiful smile and warm, social personality made new friends feel as if they had known her for years. And she absolutely loved people.
Prior to relocating, she was active in her daughters’ education and spent many years volunteering in the public school system.
Once her children were grown, she resumed her career, working thirteen years as office manager for her husband’s construction company.
She was a loving wife to her high school sweetheart, Derek, a devoted mother to daughters Adrienne, Alison Capo and son-in-law John, and a wonderful grandmother to Gino, who graced her life last November.
In addition, she leaves six brothers and sisters and their spouses, one brother in law and spouse, as well as seventeen nieces and nephews.
Kathy also leaves many, many cherished friends everywhere, who constantly provided support and filled her heart with cards, gifts and love throughout her illness.
A funeral mass will be held Thursday, July 12th 10:30AM at St. Francis by the Sea Church on Hilton Head Island.
In lieu of flowers at the church, the family requests charitable donations to The Deep Well Project of Hilton Head (deepwellproject.org) or St. Francis by the Sea Catholic School, 45 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.
St. Francis By The Sea Catholic Church
Thursday July 12th, 2018
45 Beach City Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
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Kathleen is remembered by her grieving siblings Mary Donnelly Baranski (Warren), Bill Donnelly (Gale), Diane Donnelly McKinley (Dave), Jack Donnelly (Steve), Patti Donnelly Maciag (Tom), and Sue Kirk (Tom.) Kathleen was predeceased by her parents Water F. and Audrey E. Donnelly.
Submitted by Mary Donnelly Baranski on Jul 7 2018 12:00:08 PM
Our deepest sympathy to Derek and the girls. We had some great times together. Kathy and Derek were in our wedding and we lived nearby when we first got married. Enjoyed our road trips together...Kentucky derby for one. Kathy was always smiling.
Tom and Pat Deblon
Submitted by Tom and Pat Deblon on Jul 6 2018 07:49:31 PM
Love you, Aunt Kathy! You were a great God mother. I loved growing up so close to you and the family. You will be missed.
Submitted by Steve and Meghan Maciag on Jul 6 2018 07:31:01 PM
Mary Donnelly Baranski lit a candle for Kathleen Marie DiRocco
Mary Donnelly Baranski lit a candle on Jul 6 2018 04:40:27 PM
Your love will light our way,
Your memory will ever be with us...
An Angel on earth, has now graced Heaven.
You are my hero, Kathleen Donnelly DiRocco.
I will love and miss you forever, my brave and beautiful friend.
"Every time a bell rings..."
Submitted by Susan (Hagen) FitzSimons on Jul 6 2018 08:02:15 AM
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