DIRAGO, JOSEPHINE M. (nee Materio), - 92, of Ventnor, formerly of Atlantic City, passed away peacefully on November 29, 2016. Throughout her final days, she was surrounded by loving family. Josephine - known affectionately as Jo or Auntie Jo -was born on December 16, 1923, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to Catherine and Stephen Materio. She grew up steps from Saint Michael's Roman Catholic Church, where she was as a pillar of the parish community for nine decades. Josephine married Nicholas J. Dirago, Jr. on April 27, 1946, and spent her life tirelessly devoted to family, friends, and faith. Jo helped raise four generations of the Materio and Dirago families, from her own siblings and children to nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was also a cherished member of the Mary, Help of Christians Society at St. Mike's and of the OGNIB bingo club. Auntie Jo will be remembered for her keen sense of humor; for her delicious cooking; and for always offering her time, passion, and love to the people in her life. Josephine was preceded in death by her parents Catherine and Stephen Materio; husband Nicholas J. Dirago, Jr.; and siblings Nancy Ruggeri and Matthew, Samuel, Anthony "Teddy", Frank, and Ernest Materio. She is survived by her brother Louis Materio; daughter Nancy Ann and her husband Vincent Gabisch; son Edward and his wife Kristin; granddaughter Christy Akerberg and her husband Eric; granddaughter Cindy Daurio and her husband Steven; grandchildren Nicholas, Camille, and Joseph Dirago; great-grandchildren Dakota Ricketts and Kayla Daurio; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren, and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated for Josephine M. Dirago 11:00am Monday, December 5, 2016, at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, 10 North Mississippi Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 08401. Friends and family may call at the church beginning at 10:00am. The Rite of Committal will be offered at Atlantic City Cemetery, Pleasantville, following Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Josephine's name to: Mary, Help of Christians, c/o The Parish of Saint Monica, 2651 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 08401. Arrangements by the Gormley Funeral Home LLC, AC

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