Margaret "Maggie" James's Story
A "CELEBRATION OF LIFE" will be held for Margaret "Maggie" James DiJiulio, 80, a lifelong resident of DeLancey, who passed away Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at the home of her granddaughter, Melissa DiJiulio Skinner, in Port Charlotte, Florida. The Celebration will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at the Delhi American Legion hall, 41 Page Ave, Delhi. All of Maggie's family and friends are invited to attend the remembrance of her life, achievements and service to the community. Maggie loved her friends and family. Please bring memories and stories to share and enjoy. Light food and beverages will be served. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Arc of Delaware County, 43 Main St, Delhi, NY 13753.
"Maggie," as she was known to her family and many friends, was born May 14, 1937, in DeLancey, the youngest child of dairy farmers Archie and Letha (Hunt) James.
After graduating from Delaware Academy in 1952, Maggie studied in Albany and worked there as a hairstylist.
In 1958, she married Frank DiJiulio, a taxi cab dispatcher. Several years later, Frank and Maggie moved back to the family farm in DeLancey where they raised four handsome sons, Frank "Dusty," James "Jimmy," Michael "Mickey" and Mark.
Maggie worked many years as a bus driver for the Delaware Academy Central School District, then as a bus driver and aide at the DCMO BOCES school in Masonville, until her retirement.
Maggie was a long-standing member of the DeLancey Presbyterian Church, member of the Delhi Ladies Auxiliary and volunteer at polling places during elections.
She was an avid golfer and valued organizer of many Delhi Golf Course tournaments. Maggie was also a talented painter and needlework crafter. Many friends and family members were delighted recipients of her lovely creations.
During their lifetime, Maggie and husband Frank were active in various community projects. They were two of the founding members of Delaware County's Chapter of The Arc. They became involved in establishing support and education for handicapped children when their third son, Mickey, was born with cerebral palsy. Finding that there were scant resources to assist such children in this area, Maggie and Frank worked with community representatives to establish a local chapter of The Arc in Delaware County. There are now many offices in the area that provide services for mentally and physically challenged individuals.
Although Maggie lived a busy and industrious life. She suffered the unexpected and premature loss of her husband and two of their four sons, her son, Frank "Dusty," in 2003, her husband, Frank, in 2005, and most recently her son, James "Jimmy," in 2016. Maggie persevered, however, with the support of loving family and friends and continued to live in DeLancey until last fall when she said goodbye to the Catskills and its snow, and took up residence with her granddaughter, Melissa DiJiulio Skinner, her husband, Mark and their two lovely children, Maggie's great-grandchildren, Grayson and Reagan, in Port Charlotte, Florida. Melissa "Missy" is the daughter of Maggie's oldest son Francis "Frank/Dusty" DiJiulio. Maggie is also survived by her grandson, Dustin James DiJiulio (Dusty's son), his partner, Kat and their children, Isabella and Dominic of Arcadia, Florida. Missy and Dustin's mother, Donna Ordmandy DiJiulio (Dusty's widow) also resides in Arcadia, Florida.
Maggie's third grandchild is Jimmy's son, Justin James DiJiulio, now residing in Baltimore, Maryland. Justin's mother, Nancy Lepinnet DiJiulio maintains her residence at their family home in Sidney Center.
Maggie's surviving sibling is her brother, Lloyd James of Delhi and Naples, Florida.
A sister and brother, Doris A. James and Robert James, predeceased her.
Also surviving are her sons, Mark DiJiulio of Denver Colorado and Michael DiJiulio living in Walton. Maggie is also survived by many nieces and nephews including Rosemary G. Roberts and Toni Watkins of Hamden and Theresa Goldstein of Rochester and several grand-nieces and nephews.
Maggie will be greatly missed by all.
Published on October 11, 2017