Isabel DeMarco

Born: Jersey City on 26 December 1925

Passed away: Northridge on 06 December 2015

Aged: 89 years

Service Details

There will be a Mass said in the name of Isabel DeMarco on January 16th at 5pm. The location will be at St. John Baptiste LaSalle in Granada Hills. The address is 16535 Chatsworth St. Granada Hills, CA 91344

The Story

Isabel DeMarco (nee Fruges) passed on to heaven peacefully surrounded by her adoring family on Sunday December 6th 2015. She was born on December 26th 1925. Loving wife of Carlo DeMarco (deceased), mother of Carl (Linda) DeMarco , grandmother to Michael (Karrie) DeMarco and sister of Donald Fruges (deceased) and Rita Patti (deceased). She will be deeply missed by her family, friends and caregivers.

Isabel or "Issy" as she liked to be called was beloved for her compassionate, benevolent and humorous personality. Her kindness towards animals especially dogs was a testament to her beautiful soul and gentle spirit. Issy, her husband and son moved out west from Tom's River, New Jersey in the late 1960's and established a lovely life for themselves in sunny Southern California. She had a productive and fun 20 year career working at Taco Bell corporate headquarters in the accounting department. When she wasn't at work, she enjoyed spending her time with family and friends.

Issy had many different hobbies and was very talented at many of them. Her cooking was one of a kind and a perfect representation of classic Italian cuisine. Her Fertad pie was a huge hit with all family members and a staple during the holidays. She passed down many of her recipes to family so the tradition will continue. She was also a skilled artist and loved painting clowns, pets and her favorite "Golden Age" Hollywood stars. She was terrific at sewing and made costumes and apparel that were worn by the Drama Department at Northridge College. Her favorite pastimes included taking care of her dogs, watching classic movies, speed reading through her favorite books and spending time with loved ones.

Isabel had a tremendous positive spirit and touched so many hearts in special ways. She always lit a candle for family in friends when they needed a prayer, so please light a candle in her honor. She will always be remembered in peace, love and light. Please join us in remembering her by sharing your memories and photos below. Click on the slideshow to view images from her life. (To post a message you must register and log-in. Takes less than a minute to sign up.)
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Such a wonderful tribute. Your grandmother was so lucky to have such a dedicated and loving grandson. Peace, light and love.

Brian Brause


Issy was an amazing woman and grandma. She loved you, Michael, so very much. And you were the most amazing, loving grandson a woman could ever ask for. She was so proud of you and everything you did. I am so grateful that I was able to get to know her and how willing she was to accept me as her granddaughter. I still remember when Michael and I first started dating and he told me that he told Issy about me. I am so happy that Michael and I were able to share Dirka with Issy on so many Saturdays. Dirka loved spending time with Grandma and getting to eat any leftovers that were dropped. I will miss spending Saturday afternoons searching extended family members on facebook and providing her with any info that was available. She was such a loving person, always making sure to pray for those she loved and lighting candles for them. I know she we will watching over us from a better place. Love and Light.

Karrie DeMarco


Sorry for the loss of your beautiful grandmother D! You were the best grandson anyone could ask for! Cheers to her blessed soul.

Julie Spivack


Memories of my ex-mother-in-law: She made me lovely embroidered dresses, she cooked incredible Italian meals and treated me to many trips to Los Vegas. I had the experience of seeing "old blue eyes" himself on one of those occasions! She provided many of the furnishings in my first home. She was the costume designer for my high school production of "Hello Dolly" making those kids look like Broadway professionals. She whimsically painted brightly colored hippopotamus on the walls of Michael's nursery. What I remember most fondly was that she often lit a candle for me whenever I had a challenge in my life. To my surprise, the outcome was always successful. She was a generous mother-in-law who was my pleasure to know.

Diane De Marco shared a photo.


Dear Mom, I am truly thankful for all that you did for us. You gave of yourself and your love freely for not only me but also for my wife, Linda, my son, Michael and his wife, Karrie....not to mention all of our dogs that you shared your life with. What you shared with us all was truly memorable and I am grateful that you graced our lives with all the love and support you had to give. Please know that you are loved and will never be forgotten...........With gratitude and love, your son, Carl

Carl DeMarco


Michael, What a loving and beautiful tribute . . . it brings tears to my eyes. I love that baby picture of you and IZZY followed by the one with you as an adult with IZZY! As I told you earlier, please know that our hearts are with you as this "family legend" passes on to a better place. She was truly a survivor! And, you were the most devoted grandson that a grandmother could ever imagine. In love and sympathy, Auntie Sue and Uncle David

susan dixon


Dear Grandma, Words cannot express how much I am going to miss you. Since my earliest memories you have been a bright and beautiful force in my life. Thank you for being the best grandmother that a boy could ever ask for. I looked forward to our Saturday visits and listening to your family stories and funny anecdotes of your daily activities. I have been delighted and honored to hear different friends and family talk about how much you meant to them and touched their lives. My favorite moments were when I brought our dog to come visit you. You experienced such joy and were so happy every time I brought our little doggy Dirka to come visit. My Saturday's will never be the same again and will always remind me of all the times we got to spend together. Thank you for sharing your love and life with me and always supporting me and encouraging me in all the major events in my life. I know that you are watching over us in heaven with Grandpa and will become our new guardian angel, We will light a candle in your honor and in your memory. You will never be forgotten and you will always be loved. I will kiss the dog on the head for you. Your loving grandson, Michael

Michael DeMarco