Michael J. DiFranco

  • Born: March 2, 1948
  • Died: December 28, 2017
  • Location: Highland Heights, Ohio

Fioritto Funeral Service

5236 Mayfield Rd
Lyndhurst, OH 44124

Tel. (440) 442-5900

Tribute & Message From The Family

Beloved Husband, Loving Father, Devoted Grandpa, Loving Son, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Friend

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Michael by adding your memories and photos.

MICHAEL J. DiFRANCO, age 69, beloved husband for 47 years of Kathleen J. (nee Major), loving father of David (wife Kim) and Laura DiFranco, devoted grandpa of Kate, Jack and Danny, loving son of Damion and Victoria (both deceased), dear brother of Paul DiFranco and the following deceased: Diane Houdek and Damion DiFranco, loving uncle, cousin and friend of many. FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE INVITED TO GATHER FOR MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL 10 am TUESDAY, JAN 2 at St Paschal Baylon Church, 5384 Wilson Mills Rd., Highland Hts., OH 44143 WHERE FRIENDS MAY CALL FROM 9:30 a.m. UNTIL TIME OF MASS (PLEASE GATHER AT BAPTISMAL FONT). In lieu of flowers, contributions in Michael's memory suggested to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, stjude.org


Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm sorry for your lost. God bless you and your family.

Posted by Bobby Mok - South Euclid, OH   January 10, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers to the DiFranco family. It was so great to be with Michael at our 50th last year. Rest in peace my brother.

Posted by Rick & Pat Warnke - Waleska, GA - classmate   January 08, 2018

Dear Kathy, sending my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your beloved, Michael.
With prayers

Posted by Debbie Juker - Mentor, OH - coworker   January 03, 2018

Dear Kathy, I was so sorry to read the notice of Mike's passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy and prayers.

Posted by Mary Beadle - University Hts, OH - Coworker   January 02, 2018

Mike.....a thoughtful, caring, happy and all around nice man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Doug and Nancy Myslenski Crystal Lake, Illinois

Posted by A friend   January 02, 2018

Mrs. DiFranco, Laura, Dave and family,

Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Mr. DiFranco, rest in peace knowing that your children and grandchildren will carry on your legacy.

Posted by The McCauleys - Moraga, CA   January 02, 2018

Kathy: Helen s and I send our prayerful best wishes to you and your family. I regret that I did not see the notice of Mike's death until just now, well after the mass this morning. I expect to greet you personally soon.
Joe/Helen Miller

Posted by Joe/Helen Miller - OH - Coworker   January 02, 2018

My condolences to Kathy and family.Mike was a good friend and chef will miss his laugh

Posted by Paul Crowley - Euclid, OH   January 02, 2018

Mikey was a beautiful soul and as long as one of us who knew him is still here, he will be alive in our hearts.

Posted by Joel Scigliano - Cleveland, OH - friend   January 02, 2018

My deepest condolences to Kathy and her family. May God hold Mike in the palm of His hand. Thoughts and prayers are with you!

Posted by Connie Brooks - John Carroll University, OH - Coworker   January 02, 2018

Kathy, My deepest sympathy. Elizabeth/Betty Swenson

Posted by Elizabeth SWENSON - Shaker Heights, OH - Coworker   January 02, 2018

our prayers are with you aolways...
dennis mormile & family

Posted by dennis mormile - wickliffe, OH - Friend   January 01, 2018

My condolences to the family. Will miss Mike every five years he attended the Cathedral Latin Class of 1966 Reunions. Great guy to be around for the festivities.

Posted by John Baumhackl - San Francisco, CA   January 01, 2018

Will never forget all the good times and all you taught me....Here's to the RED, WHITE and BLUE. You will be missed but your legacy will live on!

Posted by James Cantale - North Royalton, OH   January 01, 2018

You were in most of my classes for
all 4 years and I enjoyed you so much. I Don't think you sweated anything. You, Piunno and Sauto all from the same neighborhood.

Posted by Aquino - Fernandina, FL - Friend   December 31, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will miss seeing Mike on his Las Vegas trips.

Posted by Flory Del Sangro - Las Vegas, NV   December 31, 2017

Deepest sympathy to Kathy, Laura, David and family. Mike was a great guy!

Posted by Michael Wagner - Mayfield Heights, OH - Friend   December 31, 2017

Unexpected and sad news. I just re-acquainted with MJ at the Latin 50th reunion. Mike was always one of the first to get involved with any worthwhile cause. A very generous person. God Bless ...

Posted by John Bradley - Londonderry, NH - Classmate   December 31, 2017

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your dear husband and father. May your fond memories and the peace that God gives comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time. Phillipians 4:6,7,13

Posted by TB - Cleveland, OH   December 31, 2017

My sincere condolences Kathy, David and Laura. Great dad, husband and friend. He will be missed by many!

Posted by Bob Cauley - Henderson, NV   December 31, 2017

To the family of Michael Difranco I would like to express my condolences to you and may you receive the comfort that God can give as He put his right hand out to you Isa.41:10.13

Posted by Ms    December 31, 2017

My deepest condolences to Kathy, David, Laura, and families. Mike was a true friend to all who crossed paths with him. I'm sorry I can't be there in person to express my sorrow, in the wake of your loss. I am truly saddened, and hope you continue to show the happiness he radiated.

Posted by Bill Wilson - Bremerton, WA - Neighbor   December 30, 2017

I am deeply saddened by your loss. My condolences to you Mrs. DiFranco and to David and Laura
Bud Hornikel

Posted by Bud Hornikel - Wickliffe, OH - Friend   December 30, 2017

My beloved brother-in-law. Always there for me. I will miss him so very much. Much love to Kathy, Laura, David, and all who loved him so much.

Posted by Jackie Soos - Stafford, VA - Family   December 30, 2017


Mrs. DiFranco, Laura, Dave and families,
I'm so sorry to hear loss. May your memories of happier times give you strength.

Posted by Dory Wilson - OH - Neighbor   December 30, 2017

Kathy, Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you constantly. Hugs to you and please go to Mikes FB page and read the message. Fondly Diana Sabitsch

Posted by Diana Sabitsch - Bath, OH - Family Friend   December 30, 2017

Kathy and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in my prayers.

Marie Hoppert

Posted by Marie Hoppert - Westlake,OH, OH - Friend   December 30, 2017

Very sorry to hear this. Mike was a great, classy and fun man. Always enjoyed time with him. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

Posted by Dan Peterca - Lakewood, OH - Friend   December 30, 2017

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THE FUNNIEST, CARING AND ALWAYS HONEST MAN IN my immediate family. he was always great with kids and always knew how to bring about smiles and laughter in even the most darkest and sad times. he was always the one to give advice that seemingly steered you in the right direction. he was always genuine and wanting to impress people with his knowledge of the greater things in life. i don't remember him to ever bring you down with complaints about work or life in general. no matter what, he always stood up for what he believed was right and shed light in rooms of darkness. i still remember him being my uncle " GORBON " WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND WOULD STAY OVER HIS HOUSE FOR DAYS AT A TIME, WHERE HE ALWAYS DEVOTED HIS TIME TO ENTERTAINING US KIDS. I DON'T THINK I EVER FELT MORE AT HOMED AWAY FROM HOME WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND ACTUALLY, AWAY FROM HOME. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, AND YOU WERE LOVED BY MANY ! YOU ALWAYS TAUGHT US THAT DEATH WAS A CELEBRATION OF ONES LIFE AND THAT THE DECEASED WOULD