Albert John DiBella
Those we love can never be
More than a thought apart
For as long as there’s a memory
They live on in our heart
Albert DiBella, 92, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2009. He was born in Galveston, Texas on November 18, 1916 to Placido and Josephine Jordan DiBella. His parents, six older brothers: Joseph Russo, Vincent, Kelly, John, Joseph and Frank DiBella and his beloved wife of 43 years, Ethel Hegmann DiBella, preceded him in death. He is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, and will also be sorely missed by his many friends.
Mr. DiBella was retired and had been employed for 30 years at J. Lewis Lopez Jeweler’s. He served admirably in the United States Army during World War II and was honorably discharged having received the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Albert was a past member of Sacred Heart Church and a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church and served as past President of the men’s clubs for both churches. He was a long-term member and Past Grand Knight of Council 787 of the Knights of Columbus and was a member of the Serra Club. He received “Man of the Year” honors from each of these organizations. Mr. DiBella was also a long-term member and former President of the Galveston Lions Club, having recently been awarded his 50 year membership pin. He was also a member of Galveston Lodge #126, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. On the lighter side, Albert was a charter member of the infamous East End Rattlesnake Gang and the equally famous Rooster Club.
Visitation will be held at Sacred Heart Church from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, Thursday, January 22nd, with a rosary at 6:00 pm.
Father Brendan Murphy will celebrate a Funeral Mass on Friday, January 23rd, at 10:00 am, at Sacred Heart Church. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
Pallbearers will be William Marabella, Richard Dersheimer, Carl Sprenelmeyer, John Van Dewalli, Michael Miller, and Donald Kestler, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be George Dersheimer, Tommy Lera, Arthur Trimarchi, Don Kestler, Sr., and the members of Council 787 of the Knights of Columbus.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Ocean View in Texas City for their excellent care, especially nurses Johan and Theresa. A very special thank you to Rachel Jones, his CAN, who provided diligent care for the past 15 months, and to his nieces, Marge Dersheimer and Joan DiBella for their loving care in his last years.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Mary’s Restoration Fund, 2011 Church St., Galveston, TX 77550, or to the charity of your choice.