Eleanor J. Dioguardi



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Dioguardi, Eleanor J. (Riggs) ‘Ellie’ Greece: Went home to be with her Lord and Savior on March 25, 2010 at age 58 after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Dioguardi; sons, Paul (Gena) Dioguardi, Matthew (Kelly) Dioguardi & Timothy (Courtney) Dioguardi; daughter, Elizabeth Dioguardi; step-daughters, Terry (Mark) Saulsgiver, Tracy Bush & Toby (Timothy) Lynch; 18 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brothers, Bob (Jane) Riggs & Steve (Terri) Riggs; sisters, Barb ( Jim) Bringley & Betsey Strong; mother-in-law, Jane Dioguardi; sister-in-law, Rose Ann (David) Houppert; several nieces, nephews and cousins; many dear friends. Her Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, March 30th, 10 AM at First Bible Baptist Church, 990 Manitou Road Interment held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, 840 University Avenue, Rochester, New York 14607 (bccr.org) in her memory.


  1. Debbie (Munding) Anderson on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Although I have not seen Eleanor since we were very young, I have never forgotten the lovely smile and friendly person she was. I’m sure her light will continue to shine within the hearts of all who have known her. Barb & Jim, you are in my prayers during this sad time, as are the rest of the family. I’m so sorry. – Deb

  2. Larry and Pat McCormick on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Joe, Paul, Matthew,Tim, Beth, and family. We were so sadden by the death of Ellie and your mom. She was a wonderful person. We had many good times with you all. Wish we could be with you all during this time. You will be in our prayers. She will be missed. What a day that will be when we shall see her again. Psalms 116:15 PRECIOUS IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD IS THE DEATH OF HIS SAINTS. She is now present with her Lord singing praises and pain free. My Jesus , I love thee. Love , Larry and Pat

  3. Mary Thomas on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Ellie lived a joyful life. She dearly loved her family and friends and demonstrated her love and faith on a daily basis. She was always an example to us – as a co-worker and as a caring person. In her illness, she continued to be a model for us of grace and courage. We will miss her so much.

  4. Doreen on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Ellie was a great coworker. My sympathy to her family whom she spoke of often and loved dearly. She will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. I’ll always remember her courageous attitude.

  5. Fred Arnold on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Ellie was a model of courage, an inspiration to all throughout her illness. She will certainly be missed by her friends and family. My sympathies are with those closest to her.

  6. Cindy Skelly on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Ellie was the strongest most courageous women I know. I was so blessed to have known her. My deepest sympathy to her family which she spoke of so often and loved so deeply. We use to joke around at work and I would sing to her the lines from a song ‘Did you ever know that your my hero’ It’s not a joke she is my Hero and will always be a very special angel looking down on us all. I love you Ell and will miss you everyday.

  7. Sherri Harrington on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Ellie will surely be missed by all that have known her. She was the most courageous person I’ve known. So sweet, kind, positive and truly loved her family more than anything. My sympathies are with her family.

  8. Helen Carlson(Barnard) on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Ellie….my best friend in high school/ shared our first apartment together. Was there when she met Joe. So many memories. Such an awesome woman. My love to her family.

  9. Ruth Columbus on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Ellie was a wonderful loving mother, grandmother, and her presence will be missed. Damien loved her so much and I know he has some great memories and all of her letters that he will cherish. Take care and god bless!!!

  10. Billy Frearson on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I can remember the day you watch me and my sisters Chris and Sue you where like a our other mother but I can remember the fun I had with you and your family. You be miss Mrs Dioguardi and will alway be in my heart and in my prayers. My prayers will be with the family always sorry i cant be there because of work but my prayers are with you all. Billy F.

  11. Doris Mothersell on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I will miss you, your smile and positive attitude through all you were going through was amazing. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. You are free of pain and in gods hands now. Rest in peace ellie !

  12. bob kleps on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Joe and family I am so sorry for your loss but God only knows she suffered long enough from various conversations I had with different people In Sympathy to all

  13. Steven M Noto on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    My Thoughts And Prayers Are with You And Your Family.

  14. patricia mack on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    she was a joy to work with. she was a careing and loveing person. she will be surely missed. my thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones.

  15. Gary & Karen Hobson and family on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    To Joe and family…so very sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you.

  16. Eileen (Frearson) Okolowicz on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    To Joe, Paul, Matt, Tim, Beth, and all of Ellie’s extended family: My thoughts and prayers are with you this morning as you say your final goodbyes to this wonderful woman. I am sad I cannot be there due to a previous commitment that I could not change. Ellie was a 2nd mother to my children at a time when they really needed an extra does of love…and she gave it selflessly. Her passing leaves a deep hole in the hearts of my family. Our love ans sympathy goes out to all of you.

  17. Linda Ritz Young (Gary Ritz's Ex-Wife) on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    To The Dioguardi Family…So sorry to hear of your loss.My throughts and prayers are with the family. Linda Young.

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