Deacon John J. Digilio

Deacon John J. Digilio

July 23, 1942 – November 18, 2020


Preceded in death by son, Joseph E. Digilio; parents, Joseph J. and Leona Digilio; and brother, Joseph A. “Jody” Digilio.

Survived by wife, Mary Jane; children: Jeff Digilio, Diana Clark, Mike (Missy) Digilio , Donna Newell, Mark (Julie) Digilio, Matt (Tina) Digilio, Vince (Katie) Digilio, and Mary (Dave) Ullery; 27 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sisters, Ann Giandinoto (Frank), and Mary Kay Thompsett (Jim); brother, Bernie Digilio; sister-in-law, Lou Digilio; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Open Visitation with family not present Monday, November 23rd, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, at the West Center Chapel.  Private Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, November 24th, 10am.  Interment: Holy Sepulchre with full military honors.

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  • Fr. Rafael Majano (Saint Joseph Catholic Church) Posted November 19, 2020 4:53 pm

    Deacon John, I am already missing you. Thanks for your support. Mary Jean, children and grand children I am sorry for your loss.

  • Anstine Family Posted November 19, 2020 6:59 pm

    Diane Chris and Jourdan send our love and prayers to Mary Jane and family for your loss. Johnny was a huge part of Jourdan’s early years and we will always remember him for kindness, love, humor and gifts of sausage. Always in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Steve hughes Posted November 20, 2020 5:00 pm

    Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. Really have no words to express John’s passing. Please know you ate in my thoughts and prayers!!

  • Carol Lehotyak Posted November 20, 2020 7:47 pm

    Mary and family,
    My deepest sympathy. He was such a great person.
    He did so much for the church. Missing him will go on forever. He was just always there for all of us. We all probably took him for granted for all he done. God will reward him.
    Carol Lehotyak

  • Diane and Gary Wrihs Posted November 20, 2020 8:08 pm

    Dear Mary Jane and family, we are so sorry to hear about John’s passing. We send our love and Sympathy to you. We have to believe he is in a better place with our Heavenly Father. Love you.

  • Fr. Starman Posted November 20, 2020 9:19 pm

    My sympathy and promise prayers for Dcn. John and all his family. May he Rest In Peace and rise in glory! John was one of most willing deacons to sacrifice of his time talent and treasure I’ve ever met. He was a man of the church and a man of God. While we didn’t talk often after I moved from Assumption- Guadalupe I knew he was praying for me. South Omaha and Assumption -Guadalupe has lost a true ambassador, patron and friend.. I will miss him.

  • Toni Schroeder Posted November 20, 2020 10:45 pm

    I am very sorry for your loss.

  • Brenda.& Shawn Gappa Posted November 21, 2020 6:50 am

    Our hearts are aching. Deepest Sympathies. We had so many great moments and treasured memories.

  • Jacquelyn Digilio – Gade, Posted November 21, 2020 7:17 am

    Mary and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. May god be with you all during this time. Prayers

    Jacquelyn Digilio – Gade, daughter of Jerry & Judith Digilio

  • Tony LaMalfa Posted November 21, 2020 9:26 am

    So very sorry for your loss

  • Sonia Elkins (Rizzo) Posted November 21, 2020 5:39 pm

    We are so sorry for your family’s loss. We are praying for all of you guys. My mother Connie Rizzo sends her love and sympathy for your loss. We are keeping you and your family in our prayers. The Elkins and the Rizzo’s

  • Kathy (Velehradsky) Noden Posted November 21, 2020 7:27 pm

    My sincerest condolences. John & I were blessed to work together last year. I had hoped we could play/sing together more often, but am grateful for that one last time. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Francis Ramirez Posted November 22, 2020 12:17 am

    The Reverend Mr.John Digilio! Deacon John ! A humble servant of our Lord Jesus Christ! A loving husband, father, and one of my dearest brothers in Christ ever! I had the honor of playing and praising God in song with John for about 45 years!! Great and blessed memories by the dozens! I truly loved this good man from heart to heart .Corazon ! He did so so much work at Assumption Church.! Insurmountable! God has a special room for this man of God! Rest assured family, he is home!
    Condolences, prayers, and anything else you need, your old friend in Jesus, Francis/ Frankie Ramirez
    My tears are flowing. Love you ALL+++

  • Kellie Hernandez (Cunningham) Posted November 22, 2020 9:31 am

    I have known Johnny since I was in 5th grade when I started singing in the choir. He’s had more faith in my voice than I ever had! We practiced a lot! He put up with me ALOT! I know I was a naughty kid! But John always had patience with me! Always! He was a very good part of my childhood memory. Took us to Adventureland. I’m so sorry for the entire Digilio family. My heart hurts for you all.. may he Rest In Peace with God.

  • Deacon Ken Broz Posted November 22, 2020 9:37 am

    Dear Mary and family, Kathy and I extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. The universal church and the deacon community have lost a great brother in Christ. May God reward him well for his humble service to the faith for so many years. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and may the perpetual light shine upon him.

  • Sam Murante Posted November 22, 2020 2:02 pm

    will never forget all of those times you got up early to take me to school. (even though I needed to call you 10 times to get you up. Will never forget eating Italian sausage at 3:00 in the morning when you had the house on Grover. Thank you for all of the things you have done for me, my friend. Say Hi to Gloria cuz she’s at where you are headed. .

  • Mary Murante Fagerberg Posted November 23, 2020 1:00 pm

    On behalf of the Murante family, I would like to extend our condolences on John’s passing. For many years John officiated at many of our family services. He played the organ at our weddings; made the delicious sausage for our holiday meals and did so many other things too numerous to count. He was a DEAR FRIEND to our entire family and will truly be missed.

  • Sue Aguilera-Robles Posted November 23, 2020 3:18 pm

    Mary Jane and Family,

    Please accept our deepest condolences. John was an amazing, man, who always served. He will be missed by so many and has been an amazing mentor and teacher to so many young people. What a loss for the music ministry, and our entire parish. Know that we are praying for you all and are here for ANYTHING that you need.

    Love and Prayers,

    Sue, Salvador, Gabriella, Andrea and Nicolas

  • Terry & Jean Thompson Posted November 23, 2020 5:01 pm

    Mary & Family, I am so sadden to hear about Johns passing. My heart is heavy. So many memories from childhood with them all. The best Italian sausage ever. What will I do now. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  • Loretta T Ramirez Posted November 24, 2020 8:30 am

    Mary Jane and Family, my siblings and family want to express our deepest sympathy on John’s passing. He was a good man of God in his ministry and will be greatly missed here at our parish. He planned his music at both of my parents funerals and on my niece’s wedding day. May he rest in peace. God bless you and your family and give you peace.

  • Logsdon Kathy Posted November 24, 2020 10:11 am

    Donna and Kids, Thinking of you with love, hugs, and hearts. See you as soon as safe. Love, Nana and Papa Logsdon.

  • Monica Brown Posted November 24, 2020 11:45 am

    My prayers and love for you, Mary Jane, and all of your family. Thank you so much for sharing your husband/ dad/papa with us through all these years. His servant heart was a great gift to Assumption and Our Lady of Guadalupe. He did so much to support our liturgies and enrich our parish, especially leading the choir. I have many joyful memories of choir practices and beautiful liturgical song, especially at Easter and Christmas. John is now enjoying his own Feast of Victory, Well done, good and faithful servant! Deacon John’s leadership, kindness, faith, generosity, and service will long be remembered. He will be GREATLY missed. May John enjoy eternity in the heavenly angel choir.

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