Obituary of Diane Mae Bozzo
“A beautiful breeze tumbles off the Pacific and bends moss in the oak trees. We pray her soul will catch a ride on the channels of air and basque in the golden light”
Diane Mae Bozzo
March 10th, 1934 - June 19th, 2022
Diane Mae Filice Bozzo, 88, of Carmel-By-the-Sea, California died peacefully on June 19th, 2022, at the Westland House in Monterey California after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born on March 10th, 1934, in Gilroy, California to Marian Filice and Michael John Filice, Diane spent her youth amongst the oaks and the rolling hills of Gilroy, CA. She graduated from Notre Dame of Belmont College Preparatory in 1952 and went on to attend The San Francisco College for Women 1956. After graduation, Diane married Carl Bozzo, an aspiring Dentist and Navy Lieutenant. They married at St. Mary’s Church in Gilroy and shortly thereafter, Diane accompanied Carl to San Diego. It was in San Diego where Diane gave birth to two of their seven children while Carl served in the Navy.
Returning home to Gilroy, Carl and Diane would go on to make a life together, raising seven children and embarking on many adventures near and far. Carl and Diane would make their homes in Gilroy, Aptos, Corona del Mar, and then finally settle down in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Diane made fast work of settling into each community being heavily involved in school functions and being highly active in the Catholic Church always working in a ministry serving those in need.
Diane’s faith in God and her love of family were her central focus throughout her life as a daughter, sister, loving wife, wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She blessed her family with warmth, generosity, caring, and understanding, never veering from her kindness and empathy.
Diane was adventurous yet always appreciated the simple things in life; a stunning vista, apple picking, finding a wild blackberry, the crisp of winter air or the scent of pines in the mountains, a surprise bouquet of daffodils. Mom loved long walks and farmers markets and was a most tremendous cook, taking after her mother Marian, lovingly providing her family with gourmet Italian meals and pastries, and making it seem like a simple task.
She loved the sound of the ocean and lived most of her life by the sea making frequent visits to Santa Cruz with her family as a little girl and at the end of her life settling in Carmel.
Diane was known throughout as one of the kindest, forgiving, and loving people one could meet- always showing God’s love, mercy, and empathy to those that might not seem deserving of such kindness. She had a way of seeing the best in every person and brought out the best in her family.
She is survived by her loving children: Michele (Lono Mahi), Daniel (Elizabeth), Lisa (Joseph Orlandini), Suzanne, Augustine (Cathy), Christine, and Andrew (Molly). She is also survived by twenty grandchildren, four great grandchildren, her brothers, Michael and Timothy Filice, and their spouses Leslie and Janice. Additionally, she is survived by her sister-in-law Mary Filice, and her brother-in-law Sam Bozzo and his wife Judy, and many nieces and nephews from both sides of the family.
Diane is preceded in death by her mother Marian, her father Michael John, her husband Carl, her brother Paul (10-28-21), her in-laws Carmen and Pauline Bozzo, her sister-in-law Carmel and her husband Floyd Sanelli and grandchild John Paul.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am Thursday, August 4th at the Carmel Mission Basilica with a reception after held at the mission. Interment service will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Diane’s memory to: The Stevenson School, 3152 Forest Lake Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953. To share a memory or condolence with Diane’s family please visit The Mission Mortuary in Monterey, CA.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Diane Bozzo, please visit Tribute Store