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Dorothy Murtha DiBello

December 1, 1915 January 1, 2013
Dorothy Murtha DiBello
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Dorothy Murtha Di Bello, 97, entered into eternal life on New Year’s Day, 2013 reuniting with her husband of seventy-one years, Anthony J. Di Bello. She was born on Benjamin Avenue, Middletown, NY on December 1, 1915 to Andrew J. Murtha and Julia Kennedy Murtha. The youngest of eight, she was predeceased by brothers Horace (KIA WWI) and Thomas, and sisters, Alice Mikles, Agnes Marasco, Helen Dailey, Irene O’Brien, Mary Donahue, and step-sister in law, Irene McManus Dailey.

As a student at Middletown High School she was and continued to be an enthusiastic fan of Middie football. Preparations for the traditional Thanksgiving Day Dinner were seasoned with cheers of, “Beat Port!” She was a loyal employee of the Sears Roebuck Company of Middletown and during WWII was a Red Cross worker at USA Camp Shelby, Purvis, Mississippi and post deployment at the Red Cross facility in Middletown, NY. Dorothy also devoted much of her time and efforts as an officer in the Lenten Sewing Club and the Horton Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. She was a member of the Marian Society and the Confraternity of the Brown Scapular. For years she was the inspiration behind the annual Murtha-Kennedy family reunion. It was through her efforts that so many near and far relatives remained “family.” Her other activities included gardening, the Orange County Golf Club nine-holers, and contract bridge . To complete an overflowing agenda she labored and achieved the notable distinction of being the best Italian cook that ever kissed the Blarney Stone. A graduate of Crane Business School in Middletown and Orange County Community College (business/accounting) she competently managed the finances of her husband’s, dental practice.

She is survived by her children Joseph Di Bello and wife Janet of Montgomery, Tina Budd and husband Vinny of Greentown, PA, Andrew Di Bello of Middletown and Maria Eisenberg and husband Michael of Vienna, Virginia, ten grandchildren Laura DiBello, Lisa DiBello, LaurieKay Hoeffner, Scott Lare, Rebecca Budd Meyers, Julia Budd Lennon, Melissa Budd Saranovic, Jarrod Eisenberg, Daniel Eisenberg, and Elizabeth Eisenberg, ten great grandchildren and innumerable nieces, nephews and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, January 3, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Euclid Avenue, Middletown. Memorial contributions may be made to Porto Charities, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting people with intellectual disabilities. Porto Charities, Inc.., PO Box 7266, Arlington, VA, 22207 or the Middletown Historical Society, East Ave., Middletown, NY.

We would like to invite our family and friends to a memorial Celebration of Life to be held on April 27. Location to be announced.

Arrangements are under the direction of Applebee McPhillips. You may access the online guest book at

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, January 3, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Euclid Avenue, Middletown.

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