Kathleen Marie DiRocco



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.