Mafalda “Muffy” Dire Gerdon of Simpsonville, SC passed away peacefully on November 4, 2023, at the age of 90.
Mafalda was the beloved wife of Gerald Gerdon for 68 years, dear daughter to the late Anthony and Diodata Dire, blessed mother to Debbie Birtwistle (David), Cathy Miller (David), Patty Conley (Jeff), and Deanna Roman (Michael); cherished grandmother to Jimmy Miller (Emily), Danielle Streiff (Matt), Rachael West (Travis), Matt Conley (Alexa), Danny Conley (Deborah), and Alaina, Jessica, and Samantha Roman; and great-grandmother to nine great-grandchildren. She was a sister to Lena Rochon and Vera Buell as well as to the late Lisa Thacker, Adeline Rochon, Ernie Dire; and relative and friend to many.
Muffy was one of a kind. To know her was to love her and she poured her heart into everything she did. She especially enjoyed volunteering in the cafeteria and as a greeter at Hillcrest Hospital as well as helping with flowers and adoration at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. She was defined by her resilient, gentle, unwavering love, and dedication to her family and friends. She demonstrated a remarkable strength and perseverance that inspired all who knew her. Her nurturing nature and feisty Italian spirit shaped the lives of many, and few got away without Muffy showering them with food and treats.
The family would like to extend its gratitude to all the amazing nurses and doctors at both Hillcrest and Greenville Memorial Hospitals, the compassionate caregivers at Harmony at Five Forks, and the special care and friendship provided by Regina O’Neil.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 22nd at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church followed by a private Inurnment. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 3:30 p.m. at Harmony at Five Forks located at 345 Five Fords Rd., Simpsonville, SC 29681.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests memorials to be made to Greenville Area Parkinson Society or Prisma Health Hospice of the Foothills and select Hospice of the Foothills under Donation Designation or call 864-885-7912.
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