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Martha Ann DiVito
  • Passed away on May 03, 2016

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Martha Ann DiVito, 73 of The Villages, Florida died peacefully on May 3, 2016 at The Villages Hospice House after battling Parkinson’s Disease for 11 years. Born October 27, 1942 in Westville, New Jersey, she is predeceased by her parents, Vincent S. Putiri, Sr. and Marianna Sori Putiri of Woodbury, New Jersey.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 50 years, John J. DiVito, Sr. of The Villages, Florida; her daughter, Suzanne DiVito Simonelli and son-in-law, Mark Simonelli and their two children, Michael and Gina Simonelli of Downingtown, Pennsylvania; her son, John J. DiVito, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Amy Vernick DiVito and their two children, Jack and Matthew DiVito of Larchmont, New York; and her brother, Vincent S. Putiri, Jr. and his wife, Pauline Pedrick Putiri of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina along with a nephew, Vincent A. Putiri, his wife and daughter, a niece, Emily L. Putiri and her husband, and a second niece, Kathleen M. Putiri.

Martha worked as a homemaker, administrative assistant, school librarian, teacher, and office manager. In 2005 she retired from The Stewart Agency in Carney’s Point, New Jersey. The highlight of her career was working for the State of New Jersey in Trenton serving as Chief of Staff for Speaker of the Assembly, The Honorable John J. Collins from October 1992 to January 2002. Her employment history also included working for Fireline Sales and Service in West Deptford, New Jersey.

A 1960 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School in Gloucester City, New Jersey, Martha also attended Gwynedd Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania. She lived most of her life in Woodbury, New Jersey, moved to Ocean City, New Jersey in 2005, then The Villages, Florida in 2015.

Martha was a loving wife, mother, “Nonna,” daughter, sister and friend. She most enjoyed spending time with and caring for her family. Her favorite pastimes included cooking, gardening and taking golf cart rides with her husband. Everyone requested her recipes for Italian meatballs and sauce. Her delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies were highly coveted by family and friends.

Martha’s family hopes to honor her by trying to be as wonderful as she believed them all to be.

Burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Leesburg, Florida will be private. Memorial donations may be made to The Villages Hospice House, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, Florida 32162-9985.


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  1. Ron & Susan Acker says:
    21 May 2016
    Susan, her mother, and I send our deepest condolences to John and family. Martha was a special, unique presence in our lives; a kind, gentle, mannerly, beautiful, and refined presence. Her inner and outward beauty were gifts bestowed by grace to help us see every moment as a cascading and continuous miracle. We will always treasure the privilege of having known and loved Martha.

  2. Susan says:
    09 May 2016
    Thinking of everyone . Martha was such a special person I was so sad to hear of her passing. Sending love to everyone. Love Susan Crossan

  3. Lisa DeRose says:
    08 May 2016
    John,

    Sending you and the family big love from Ocean City.

    Lisa DeRose

  4. Diane says:
    06 May 2016
    To John and family, on behalf of Al Komjathy and Diane Cottman, we offer our heartfelt condolences and prayers to you and the family! Martha's smile was like a candle in a dark room! There are no words to express our gratitude for having the opportunity to work with her. She was so kind, loving and caring. She was a lady of excellence. Thank you for sharing her with us. May she rest in paradise. For a life well-lived. Your friends at Komjathy & Kean.

  5. Ernie & Connie Incorvati says:
    06 May 2016
    Connie and I send our sincerest condolences to John and his family. We met Martha and John and found them to be a wonderful, loving couple. They were at our home for a birthday party last fall. Our prayers go out to the family.

  6. Mark and Jane Lepore and Family says:
    06 May 2016
    With a heavy heart I want to pass on my condolences to the family over their loss. Marty was a great lady and she will surely be missed.

  7. Barbara Reader says:
    06 May 2016
    There really are no words at a time like this, only thoughts and prayers that, for Martha, HER brave journey has brought her to a place of eternal love and peace. We are also sending prayers for you, John, your family and all those who Martha loved and who loved her, as YOUR journey on this road begins. In true "Martha" fashion, she will always be there for you, loving you, praying for you, watching over you.

  8. Dore DIBerardino Blanchet says:
    06 May 2016
    So sorry to hear of the loss of Aunt Martha. It was always so fun to see her and the DiVito family at the Sori family reunions. I know she and my Dad were thick as thieves as little kids. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, Uncle John, Suzanne, John and your families.
    Much Love,
    Dore DiBerardino Blanchet and family

  9. Julia Mathias says:
    06 May 2016
    Heartfelt condolences to the Putiri family for your loss. Remembering you in my prayers. A candle is glowing in her honor.

  10. Haskell Berman says:
    06 May 2016
    A wonderful, beautiful lady inside and out and a joy to work with. My prayers for Martha and to her family.

  11. Kimberly Dornisch says:
    06 May 2016
    From Sweetie, Kim, and Scott Dornisch - "Aunt" Marti will be fondly remembered by all of us. She was a wonderful friend, neighbor, "aunt" and second mother to our family. We are so glad we were able to know this great lady. May she be at peace now.

  12. Fran Hahn says:
    06 May 2016
    Dear John and all of Martha's family.
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences to you all for your great loss. I loved working with Martha in Trenton. She was a lovely ,kind, person and a joy to know and work with.
    Her beautiful smile and kindness would always calm any situation.
    Bless her and may your sweet memories bring you peace in your loss.
    Blessings to you all.
    With fond memories,
    Fran Hahn

  13. Raisa and Gregory Shurslep says:
    05 May 2016
    We are very sorry for your great loss. Martha was such a beautiful, kind, loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend.
    She will be greatly missed at our annual Thanksgiving dinner. Our deepest condolences to all family.
    Raisa and Gregory Shurslep

  14. Louise Clark says:
    05 May 2016
    My condolences to the family.

  15. Bob and Fran Vernick says:
    05 May 2016
    It's very sad when a really special person passes away. We will truly miss Martha. Our thoughts and prayers are with the DiVito and Simonelli families during their time of grief.

  16. Carol A. Yoho says:
    05 May 2016
    Martha, will be sadly missed by myself and The PARKINSON Fight Club. Martha was trying so hard to be well.
    God has taken her pain away, has taken her to our home one day.
    Please be with John, we are thinking of you.

  17. Barbara and Talmadge Mosley says:
    05 May 2016
    John and family, so sorry. Such a smiling face, and so sweet. RIP Martha. We will miss you with our Parkinson's Fight Club.

  18. Natalie Granata says:
    05 May 2016
    We are deeply saddened by the loss of your beautiful Martha, she was truly a breath of fresh air. May our condolences bring you and your family comfort and our prayers ease the pain of this loss.
    She will be missed by all.

  19. Tom and Judy Wyatt says:
    05 May 2016
    Our heart felt sympathy to you John, and your family for the loss of your beloved wife and mother. We are sure Martha is now at peace with her God after her long struggle with Parkinson's. May God look down upon you and your family and give you peace.

  20. Bob and Barbara Marciano says:
    05 May 2016
    John and family...very sorry for your loss. We met Martha a few times and it was apparent she was a caring woman. Our thoughts go out to you John and your loved ones.

  21. Eric & Jane Giessler says:
    05 May 2016
    Jane and I only met Martha one time, but could tell that she was a strong person, battling a terrible affliction. We hope the knowledge of some many good friends help the family get through this difficult time.

  22. Pat Lynch says:
    05 May 2016
    We will miss her smiling face.
    Pat Lynch
    Parkinson support group.

  23. Joyce & Donald Sico says:
    05 May 2016
    Martha was a beautiful woman, inside and out. I know she will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with her friends and family.

  24. Joe & Valerie Tomaselli says:
    05 May 2016
    We only briefly knew you, Martha; but it was apparent that you were a wonderful person. We know that you suffered and are now in a better place.

    God bless you.

  25. Bob Evers says:
    05 May 2016
    John and family, I didn't really get to know Martha, but I do know the pain of losing someone that was a central part of so many lives. May you find peace and comfort in the knowledge that there is no more pain and that she is in a wonderful place with God.

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