February 7, 1969 ~ January 12, 2021
Born in: Tarrytown, NY
Resided in: Centereach, NY
It is with heavy hearts that the Hannigan and Mascia families announce the unexpected passing of Diane (Dee Dee) Katharyne Mascia on Jan 12 at Stony Brook University Hospital in NY. She was surrounded by her loving family, and was honored with a moment of silence by the medical staff as she made the gift of organ donation. Dee Dee will live on as a hero to the recipients and in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.
Dee Dee was the loving daughter of Carol (Roger) Hannigan and the late Frank (Sandra) Mascia. She is survived by sister, Mary Katharyne Rizzo; brothers Rick (Beth) Mascia and TJ (Molly) Mascia; adoring nieces: Katharyne, Megan, Sofia, Emerson and Blythe, nephew Owen, and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins; long time partner, Anthony Forte and his extended family, who loved her as their own.
Her bright smile and infectious laugh were immediate and constant. This endeared her to the many people she encountered while growing up in Pittsburgh, graduating from Peters Township High School, NC State University and working as a Flight Attendant with American Airlines. Dee Dee spent almost 30 years with American, based in BOS, SFO, JFK and most recently, CLT. She enjoyed connecting with her fellow crew members, passengers and the occasional celebrity, including her idol Cher, whom she met on her very first flight.
Dee Dee had a tender heart for animals, especially her beloved canine companion, Mushy. She was quick to laugh, even if it was at her own expense when cleaning up after one of her frequent mishaps with coffee or wine. Her knack for remembering all the words to countless songs in almost any genre, due to her love of music and concerts, delighted those around her. Whether in the air or on the ground, her lively spirit will be missed dearly. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in Greensboro, NC. Memorial donations may be made to The American Heart Association (heart.org) or Live On NY (liveonny.org), a non profit organization for organ and tissue donation.
The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Diane K. Mascia 's name.