Emily Mote DiStefano of Kennett Square

Emily Mote DiStefano, 88, of Kennett Square, died peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Emily was the beloved wife of the late Joseph A. DiStefano Jr. with whom she shared 66 years of marriage. She was a graduate of Avon Grove High School and Goldey-Beacom College of Wilmington.

Born in West Grove, in 1930, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Gladys Roney Mote of Holly Heights in Chatham.

After graduation from Goldey-Beacom College, she joined the E I DuPont De Nemours Company as an executive secretary. After retiring from DuPont she worked with Rhodia Inc. of West Chester, a subsidiary of the French firm, Rhone Poulenc. She then joined Paul Barr & Co. of Kennett Square as an administrative assistant where she remained for many years.

Emily, with her husband Joe, enjoyed traveling both domestically and internationally. They especially enjoyed their annual trip to Hilton Head, SC with friends from around the North East. Emily kept a detailed diary of their travels that allowed all to enjoy their travel experiences. When not traveling, she supported the community as a volunteer. As a member of the Kennett Auxiliary to Southern Chester County Medical Center, in 1987, she received the Volunteer-of-the-Year Award in recognition of her efforts.

Emily is survived by her sister Margaret Hood, nieces Debbie Hood, Beverly Cloud, Helen Markland, Toni Marie, Nancy and Kathie DiStefano, and nephews Abner Cloud, Mike and Bill Singleton and their families.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her sister Betty Cloud and brother James Mote and a sister-in-law, Alma L. DiStefano.

A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Sept. 24, at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, 250 West State Street, Kennett Square. Her funeral mass will follow at 12:30  at St. Patrick Church, 212 Meredith Street, Kennett Square. Interment will be at St Patrick’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may  be made to the American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

To view her online tribute and to share a memory  with her family, please visit www.griecocares.com

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