Ellen J. Magistro

December 30, 1926 - January 11, 2013

Ellen J. Magistro

December 30, 1926 - January 11, 2013


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Obituary for Ellen J. Magistro

Ellen J. Magistro, 86, of Norwich, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2013 at Chenango Memorial Hospital.

Born in Norwich on December 30, 1926, Ellen was the daughter of Charles E. and Margaret (Condon) Diefenbacher. She graduated from Norwich High School with the Class of 1946 and then worked for the phone company in Norwich for many years, beginning with C & U and retiring in 1986 from Verizon. Following her retirement, she spent several winters in Florida with her husband, Anthony.

Ellen was a member of St. Bartholomew’s Church and of the Ave Maria Guild. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Ladies of the Elks. Besides her club activities, Ellen also enjoyed playing bingo, pokeno, playing cards, word find puzzles and attending senior functions.

On January 25, 1947, in St. Paul’s Church, Ellen married Anthony Magistro Sr. who survives. She is also survived by her children and their spouses, Anthony Magistro Jr. and his wife, Madelyn, of Norwich, Robert Magistro, of Norwich, Charles and Kay Magistro, of Ottawa, IL and Margaret Magistro, of Norwich; six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles Diefenbacher, of Norwich and sisters-in-law, Josephine Diefenbacher, of Greene and Mary Annesi, of Norwich. Ellen was predeceased by her parents and five brothers, John, Thomas, Bill, Bob and Dave Diefenbacher.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Ellen will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at St. Bartholomew’s Church. Burial will take place in St. Paul’s Cemetery in the spring. There will be no calling hours.

Contributions in memory of Ellen may be made to St. Bartholomew’s Church, 73 East Main St., Norwich, NY 13815.

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