May 7, 1932 – November 8, 2019
Our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Ted J. Stessman, III; parents, Anna (DeMarco) and Gustave DiBaise. She put family first throughout her lifetime. Her family meant everything to her, and nothing made her happier than a family gathering. She loved the holidays—displaying her generous spirit especially at Christmas time. Whether it was shopping for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren or baking cookie trays for her friends, mom received more joy out of giving than receiving.
In her own words, mom was a “stubborn Italian woman,” full of opinions we didn’t always agree with but knew she had our best interests at heart. She always spoke her truth. Mom’s wide circle of friends meant the world to her. She made a great effort to maintain friendships throughout her life. She loved playing bridge and going to lunch or a movie.
Mom’s Catholic faith sustained her and even when she wasn’t strong enough to attend church, she never missed the televised Mass Sunday mornings on WOWT.
She is survived by children: Karen Weber (Larry), Ted Stessman, IV (Julie), Laurie Barnes (Bob), and Susie Blue (Jim); nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, John DiBaise (Katie); sisters-in-law, Grace Rapp (Ray), Bette Wilson; brother-in-law, Chick Stessman; beloved nieces and nephews and cherished friends.
Memorials suggested to St. Bernard’s School, St. Joan of Arc Church, Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach (Lincoln), or the VNA.