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Obituary: Mathew DeLeo


Mathew (Matt) Peter DeLeo of Durham, N.C., died Saturday March 19, 2011 at Hospice of Wake County after several years of declining health. Matt was born on July 7, 1934 in Chicago, Ill., where he resided before retiring to Port Charlotte, Fla., and later to Durham.

Matt served in the U.S. Army, Air Force and Marines. He worked as a ward superintendent for the City of Chicago and was also a professional photographer. He later worked for the N.C. State Employees’ Credit Union in Raleigh.

Survivors include his wife, Madeline V. DeLeo, of the home; stepson, James Veritas, and wife, Suzette, of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; stepdaughter, Diane V. Allen, and husband, Brian, of Wake Forest, N.C.; and five grandchildren.

Matt was predeceased by his parents, Nicolas and Theresa Merlino DeLeo, three brothers and seven sisters.

There will be a celebration of Matt’s life on Saturday, March 26 at 3 p.m. at the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice of Wake County Foundation, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 or to the USO of North Carolina, P.O. Box 91536, Raleigh, NC 27675.

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