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Doris L Del-Zio

November 13, 1943 ~ July 25, 2017 (age 73)
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Doris Lillian Newhouse Del-Zio, 73, of Boca Raton, Florida peacefully left this life under the care of Hospice on Tuesday, July 25 following a brief illness.  She was born in Plattsburgh, New York on November 13, 1943 to Joseph and Doris Newhouse.  The eldest of the couple’s three daughters, Doris took on more than the role of “big sister” to Barbara and Ivy.  Her maternal nature was apparent early on in their lives, and she was often described as a mother figure by many. 


Shortly after graduating from Plattsburgh High School in 1961, she attended & completed flight attendant school but chose to settle down rather than head for the skies.  Doris married John Emil Del-Zio in 1968, and the couple soon moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida with their daughter, Tammy.  Doris and John longed to have more children, and after struggling with infertility they decided to try some alternative options.  In 1973, Doris and John became the first couple to attempt in vitro fertilization (IVF) in the United States.  Although the outcome of their attempt did not result in a child, it was part of the history that brought IVF out of the realm of science fiction and into reality.


Years later Doris began working in the banking industry, and soon became a Private Banker for Northern Trust.  She was one of the first smiling faces people would see as they entered the bank & she was always eager to help clients however they needed.  Her desire to help others was always at the forefront, especially with her family.  When her husband’s health began to decline, Doris retired from her position at the bank and focused on caring for John until he passed away in 2013.  


Doris had a kind & generous spirit, unwavering faith, and willingness to help others at a moment’s notice.  As an active member of Ascension Catholic Church, she was often found at bible studies and classes, assisting with the Ministry to the Needy activities, and serving as a Eucharistic Minister and lector.  She will forever be remembered as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.


Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph & Doris; husband, John; and younger sister, Barbara.  She is survived by her daughter, Tammy; grandchildren, Steve, Megan & John; youngest sister, Ivy; brother-in-law, John; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.


A memorial mass will be held at Ascension Catholic Church (7250 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487) on Saturday, July 29 at 1 pm.  A reception will follow in the parish center.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Ascension Catholic Church’s Ministry to the Needy. 

 Service Information

Funeral Mass
July 29, 2017

1:00 PM
Ascension Catholic Church
7250 North Federal Highway
Boca Raton, Florida 33487

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