Elizabeth (DiFlaviano) DiFolco, 100, a lifelong resident of Altoona, died Sunday in Fairfax, Va.
She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Adamo and Rosina (DiPietro) DiFlaviano.
Surviving are a daughter-in-law, Joan DiFalco; two grandchildren: Frank (Denise) and Debbie DiFalco; four great-grandchildren: Brandon, Jackie, Domenick and Sierra; and a sister, Carmeline Giosa. She will be greatly missed by her many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends and most especially by her dear cousin, Susan Green.
She was preceded in death by two brothers: Calvin and Ernie DiFlaviano; her husband, Frank DiFolco; and a son, Domenick "Sonny" DiFalco.
Elizabeth was a successful businesswoman who, in her early years, owned and operated the Hollywood Inn nightclub and the Rail Tavern Restaurant, where she was the first person to sell pizza in Altoona. She also worked at the silk mill and the shoe factory, and later in life she ran her own catering business and could be found tending bar, cooking and managing at the Cesare Battisti Club.
Elizabeth was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, St. Anthony Women's Club, Order Sons of Italy in America, Cesare Battisti Club and Dry Hollow Hunting Club. In addition to working at the Cesare Battisti Club, she enjoyed sewing, knitting and spending time with her friends and family.
Friends will be received from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Santella Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery.