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Marie C. (Dehner) Biondo

Marie C. (Dehner) Biondo

January 11, 1928-May 13, 2019

Marie C. (Dehner) Biondo, 91, of Fullerton, California, died Monday, May 13, 2019, in Fullerton, California.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in David City, with the Rev. Jay Buhman, Celebrant. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. on Friday, with a 9:30 a.m. rosary at the church. Committal will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in David City. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Marie Catherine Dehner was born on Jan. 11, 1928, in Butler County. She was the eldest of five children born to Mary and Henry Dehner. She graduated from Dwight Assumption High School and St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing in Lincoln.

Marie's beloved vocation as a registered nurse took her to a variety of work settings. She cared for patients in a doctor's office, and in a hospital in Lincoln; she worked as an industrial health nurse, caring for employees who were injured on the job, and established work safety practices at Hormel Foods in Fremont, and Hunt-WessononAgra in Fullerton, California. She also spent some time working as a school nurse. As a public health nurse for Lancaster County in the 1970's, Marie drove a Winnebago - a mobile clinic-on-wheels - to rural areas, providing wellness checks and other care for her patients.

Her work as a nurse also took her to other countries. In 1960, responding to an ad in a U.S. State Department publication, Marie joined the U.S. Foreign Service and was assigned to the medical office of the recently established U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, where she met her future husband, Giorgio Biondo.

Marie and Giorgio were married in Milan, Italy in 1963. Two years later, the couple and their infant daughter moved to Lincoln; their son was born in 1967. In the mid-70's, the family relocated to Cairo, Egypt, and there Marie made a home with her family and also impressively mastered driving the busy streets of Cairo! In 1978, the family moved to Athens, Greece. While living abroad, Marie happily returned to her nursing career with the U.S. Foreign Service and became a much-called-upon substitute nurse at the U.S. Embassies of both Egypt and Greece.

In 1982, Marie and family returned to the U.S. and settled in Southern California. She retired in 1997.

Marie was a kind, loving and selfless person; always calm and steady, she excelled at finding the goodness around her. She could make most any joke-teller feel they had hit a home-run. She loved and was devoted to her Nebraska roots; she remained a Cornhusker fan, no matter her zip code or country code. Marie cherished her large, extended family and relished their time together.

Marie was an accomplished seamstress and loved to crochet. For most of her life, she planted a garden, however large or small the patch of earth she found to tend. Marie was a life-long learner; in her retirement she enthusiastically took up quilting as a hobby and mastered the basics of using a computer.

Marie is survived by her husband, Giorgio; daughter, Diana (Pete May); and son, John; grandchildren Ella, Hugo, Giancarlo and Giorgio; brother, John Dehner (Barb); and sister, Sr. Eileen Dehner; as well as many nieces and nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Donald Joseph; a sister, Lucille; and brother-in-law, Harley Eickmeier.

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