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17 June, 1932 27 June, 1996
From the Idaho Statesman
29 June, 1996
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Philip Joseph DiDio

    Philip Joseph DiDio, 64, of Nampa, died Thursday, June 27, 1996, in a Boise hospital from coronary heart disease. He was a beloved husband, wonderful father, proud grandpa, talented teacher, and good friend.
    Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, July 1, at Christian Faith Center, 817 C. Midland Blvd., Nampa. Pastor Bill Wolfe will officiate. Private burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell. Services are under direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa.
    Phil DiDio was born June 17, 1932, at Ansonia, Conn. His parents, Nicholas J. and Carmela DiDio, were immigrants from Italy. When Phil was 19 he left Ansonia to serve in the U.S. Navy. While on leave in Chicago, the handsome sailor met, and in 1954 married Margaret Blanche, Murray of Worcester, Mass. They were married for 42 years, and had eight beautiful children.
    Phil worked diligently to educate himself. He received his B.A. degree from Worcester State Teachers College and his M.A. degree from San Diego State University. Although offered many different professional opportunities, Mr. "D" chose to spend 32 years of his life teaching in the elementary classroom for San Diego City Schools. His message to his own children and many that he taught was one of encouragement and praise. His value of education is a legacy he leaves behind.  After retiring, Phil and Peggy moved to Nampa, Idaho.
    Phil has been an active member at Christian Faith Center.
    For the last few years, he enjoyed having time to devote to his favorite hobby, the game of bridge. One of Phil's most significant accomplishments was becoming a Lifemaster through the American Contract Bridge League. He was also a certified instructor of the game.
    Phil is survived by his wife, Peggy DiDio of Nampa; five daughters and four sons-in-law, Beth Huit of Homedale, Meg and David Gallina, Mary and Roy Faletti, and Cathy and Jon Beals, all of Nampa, and Patty and Mark Kadel of Tirana, Albania; three sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Marci DiDio of Oceanside, Calif., Tom and Tracy DiDio of Nampa, and Peter and Stefani DiDio of Boise. Grandpa "D" will be greatly missed by his 19 grandchildren. Phil is also survived by his father, Nicholas J. DiDio of Ansonia, Conn.; and his brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Marjorie DiDio of Apex, N.C.
    Phil will always be remembered for his enthusiasm for life, his faith in God, and his love for his children. His family is comforted by the knowledge that he is with his Savior, Jesus Christ.
    Friends may call today from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Alsip Funeral Chapel. The family will greet friends Monday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the church.
    The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association of Idaho, 270 S. Orchard, Suite B.

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