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Alicia G. DiBella

1939 ~ 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Alicia DiBella Obituary

Alicia Grace DiBella – born on October 18, 1939, will be remembered as much for her loving heart and jubilant laugh as for her unwavering devotion to her family and friends.Alicia never really knew a stranger. She had an innate ability to connect with others, people of all generations found her easy to talk to.  She often struck up conversations with fellow shoppers while waiting in line as she ran errands, learning their stories while commiserating about their long delay. She put people at ease – relating to them through the knowledge, wisdom and vocabulary she gleaned from her unbridled passion for reading and crossword puzzles.Her greatest qualities are found woven into her four children and the lives they built – for her it was an enormous source of pride. But it failed in comparison to the pride she had and warmth she gave her ten grandchildren. Her eldest, Alexandra, gave her the nickname “Cookie,” when she was barely walking. It became a synonym for her very being. Born in Brooklyn, NY to Albert and Lenore Berton, the family moved to a then-rural Malverne. There a young Alicia barrel-raced horses, studied diligently and fell in love with reading.Her parents ran Berton Tile in Lynbrook – where some years later she met her future husband, Agatino. They were married for fifty-two years, starting out in her parents’ attic with their first-born, Lisa.In 1964, the trio moved to Rockville Centre, as three-became-four with Gina’s birth. Their family expanded in 1968 with Richard’s arrival and Mia’s four years later. Over the next forty-three years, their home on Hamilton Road was the epicenter of a loving family. It played host to countless Christmas Eve dinners, holiday brunches, family gatherings – and two weddings. At the heart of it all was a core built by Alicia and Tino’s devotion to each other and to their kids. Alicia leaves behind her four children and their spouses Lisa-Danielle & Dennis Lenaway, Gina & Gerard McEnroe, Rick & Whitney DiBella and Mia & Kenny Abell; her cherished grandchildren, Alexandra & David McEwen, Spencer & Sarah Lenaway, Kate, Jack & Sarah McEnroe; Peter & Gregory DiBella, Amelia, Susannah, & Thomas Abell and great-grandchild, Cole McEwen. She is survived by cousins Judy Beyer and Jerry & Diane Marcone. But she will always be remembered by them and countless others as “Cookie.”In repose at Flinch & Bruns Funeral Home, 34 Hempstead Ave, Lynbrook, NY on Wednesday, February, 28 from 4-8 pm.  Funeral Mass Thursday, 9:45 am, St. Agnes Cathedral, 29 Quealy Pl, Rockville Centre, NY.  Burial to follow at St Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY. In lieu of flowers please consider contributions to St. Jude Children’s Hospital (www.stjude.org/donate).

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
February 28, 2024

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Flinch & Bruns Funeral Home, Inc.
34 Hempstead Avenue (corner Peninsula Blvd.)
Lynbrook, NY 11563

Funeral Mass
Thursday
February 29, 2024

9:45 AM
St. Agnes Cathedral
29 Quealy Place
Rockville Centre, New York 11570

Interment
Thursday
February 29, 2024

St. Charles Cemetery
2015 Wellwood Avenue
Farmingdale, NY 11735

Donations

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856
Web: http://www.stjude.org/

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