Maureen Rose (Regan) DiStefano, 88, of Wilkes-Barre, PA, formerly of Clarks Summit, PA, died December 18 at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA following a brief illness.
Born February 23, 1932 in Mt. Vernon, NY, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Rose (Stauffer) Regan. She received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from The College of New Rochelle, N.Y. and a master’s degree in Education from Fordham University.
She had positions early in her career as a Mathematician and also as an educator, but her proudest vocation was her role as a wife and mother to her five children. Her children were her world. She emphasized the importance of education, faith, and family, and regularly advocated for these values in her children’s lives. She loved children, and opened her home to care for several foster children. She spent time volunteering at her children’s schools and for their activities. She was an amateur seamstress, often making clothes for her children, and enjoyed caring for her vegetable garden. In her later years, she passed her time reading, crafting, watching her soaps, and cheering for her favorite football team, the New York Giants.
She is survived by her husband, Anthony J. DiStefano; five children, Therese Agostinelli and husband, Jim, West Milford, NJ; Andrea Neal and husband, Dwayne, Frederick, MD; Christopher, Scranton, PA; Michael, Tampa, FL; Marianne Talarico, Verrieres le Buisson, France; two grandsons, Michael DiStefano, Matthew Agostinelli; two granddaughters, Kristen and Sera Agostinelli; a step-granddaughter, Shannon Neal; two brothers, William and Daniel Regan; and several nieces and nephews.
A private celebration of her life will be held at the family’s convenience at the Immaculate Conception Church, Scranton, PA with a private burial. There will be no public calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (https://www.stjude.org/) or St. Joseph’s Center, Scranton, PA (https://stjosephscenter.org/).