John DeFife's mother died Tuesday of this week. Below is the obituary from Wed. Observer Reporter.Marty
|Florence DeFife - Former Western Center Sewing Supervisor|
Florence "Palm" DeFife, 91, of Canonsburg, died at 6:05 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2009, in Consulate Health Care, North Strabane Township.
She was born Palm Sunday, April 1, 1917, in Canonsburg, a daughter of John and Mary Ann Stasio Verno.
Mrs. DeFife was a lifelong member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church.
Prior to her retirement in 1991, she was sewing supervisor at the former Western Center, where she had been employed for 30 years.
An avid card player, she played 500 bid with two local card groups.
Mrs. DeFife enjoyed sewing, crafts and embroidery and was devoted to spending time with her children and grandchildren.
On July 1, 1940, in St. Patrick Church, she married Anthony William DeFife, who died February 11, 2000.
Surviving are three sons, John Edward (Donna) DeFife of Dumfries, Va., Anthony Nicholas (Marlene) DeFife of North Strabane Township and James Robert (Luann) DeFife of Mason, Ohio; seven grandchildren, John Scott (Jean Louise) DeFife, Lauren (Jeffery) Gregory, Marc C. (Bettina) DeFife, Dr. Robyn L. (Nathan) Basken, Corey A. (Terri) DeFife, Dr. Jared A. DeFife and Chad A. DeFife; four great-grandsons, Justin and Ryan Gregory and Jack and Alexander DeFife; a sister, Rose Sprando of Slovan; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a brother, John Verno Jr., who died September 14, 1994, and a sister, Eleanor Ross, who died August 2, 2005.
Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, where a blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 21, followed at 9:30 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Entombment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Patrick Organ Fund or the new Canonsburg Public Library.