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1 of 10 | Posted by: Jeannie Pessolano - Clayton, NC

“Tony and Annita - I wish I could be with you today as you celebrate your Mom's life and grieve her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you,...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Edie Holcomb - Friend

“God bless Mrs. Chiaramida, a kind and loving person. Annita and Anthony, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Roseann and...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Tom and Roseann Bozzone - NJ

“On behalf of Jerry and I, we express our deepest sympathy to dear Annita and dear Tony and the entire family. May this time of sadness and...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Julie Jailall - Clayton, NC

“You will be missed greatly. Annita, we are praying for you and your family. Please be in touch. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Linda Harper - Goldsboro, NC

“Mrs. Chiaramida, or "grandma" as she was affectionately known, was a bright, shining light. One need look no further than her three singular...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Kristin Bartley - Goldsboro,, NC

“Mrs. C., You have been a very important part of our lives - always there when we needed a friend, a mother, an angel. We will always remember your...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Nancy & Karen McKeever - Brooklyn, NY

“May the peace of God rest upon you... Love You Ms Rao ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Gloria Williams - Clayton, NC

“Love and prayers to you Annita, and your family during this time. ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Maureen Hanahue - Clayton, NC

“We are so sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. May the fond memories of your Mother bring you peace and comfort in the days...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Brenda, Doug, Vi McGinness - KS

Dina Domenica DiBlasi Chiaramida, died November 13th, 2012, at home in Clayton, NC, in the arms of her family. Born in 1918 in Greenwich Village, New York. Daughter of Anthony and Emilia DiBlasi, who both emigrated from Sicily, and entered America through Ellis Island. She was raised in Brooklyn NY, where she handled the family responsibilities at an early age. Endlessly beloved wife of Joseph Chiaramida, MD who she lost to illness at a young age. Mother of Salvatore A Chiaramida, MD, Annita Emily Rao, and Anthony J Chiaramida, MD. She also leaves behind her much beloved and cherished grandchildren, Todd (& his wife Sarah), Tory, Jennifer (& her husband Kevin Kuchinsky) , Joseph, and Matthew Chiaramida, each of whom was her favorite. She leaves in-laws Anthony Rao and Susan Postula Chiaramida, who were each favorites to her as well. She leaves an unknowable number of eternally appreciative and sad friends, met and known through a lifetime of selfless love and devotion, ending notably with Barbara Bottone who was a great comfort to her in her later days.

It was said of Dina that it never took her more than five minutes to like anyone. It was also true that it took someone just as little time to like her back.
Odd, perhaps, considering that she was a woman of what used to be called principle.
Nevertheless, it was true. She could see the good in any situation, the bright side of the thunderstorm, the worth in any human being. She always understood a person's side of the story, many times before they understood it fully themselves. She made excuses for others failings as though she was the world's mom. She never demanded or expected anything of anyone. She didn't ask one to walk on water, she just convinced you that you had it in you to do so. Maybe that's why everyone felt she was like a mom to them. Maybe that's why every person who knew her thought they were her favorite. She gave, endlessly and selflessly as though giving was a virtue, and somehow it's own reward. She instilled confidence in one as deeply as the air they breathed. She believed in people. She believed in what they could do. They believed in her…

In lieu of flowers, she would have wanted those left behind to be kind to others. Condolences may be made to the family at

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