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Tara Lee DiLaura, 66, passed away surrounded by her loving family on September 5. She was born Tara Margaret Lee on October 17, 1956 on Staten Island, New York to Charles and Eileen Lee. Tara moved to Syracuse ... Read More
Tara Lee DiLaura, 66, passed away surrounded by her loving family on September 5. She was born Tara Margaret Lee on October 17, 1956 on Staten Island, New York to Charles and Eileen Lee. Tara moved to Syracuse in 1974 to attend Le Moyne College, where she majored in sociology and met many life-long friends. She also met and fell in love with Peter, the love of her life. They married in 1978 and settled in East Syracuse, where they have lived ever since. Tara and Pete created a small business, CADimensions, Inc., in East Syracuse, which they have run successfully for more than 33 years. Despite working together, traveling around the world together, and being married for 45 years, Pete and Tara never ran out of things to talk about. Their marriage was one of devotion, kindness, consideration, and one long conversation that never ended.
Tara was quick to tell anyone who would listen that her greatest business endeavor was as the CEO of the “JAT Corporation,” which stood for her children: Jillian, Andrew, and Thomas. She put her whole heart into being a Mom and proudly explained that it was her calling in life. Like everything she attempted, she excelled in the role. She was present at every event for her children, cheering at games and tournaments, creating Halloween costumes from her infamous “costume bin,” hosting parties, baking apple pancakes, attending concerts and celebrations and graduations, planning weddings, and everything in between. She was also a devoted mother-in-law to Chris, Corinne, and Casey, all of whom she loved and welcomed as part of her family. Her most beloved and cherished role was that of “Mimi” to her seven grandchildren: Madison, Brayden, Maggie, Alice, Declan, Cole, and Luke. She delighted in babysitting, baking cookies and making her famous “white trash” with them, playing dress up, shopping together, giving baths in her giant tub, having sleepovers, taking them to her lake house, supporting them at their various sports, concerts, plays, and recitals, playing endless games of Bananagrams, Farkle, and War, telling jokes, sharing terrible television shows, reading books, going on Fairy Trail walks, and just spending time together. Mimi loved her “Magnificent 7” more than anything and they all adored her right back.
Tara was proudly one of eight children, and loved spending time with her siblings at their beloved Cedar Grove Beach Club, celebrating holidays and life events together with their children and grandchildren, and traveling around the country and internationally. She treasured being “Aunt Tara” to her many nieces and nephews. She was also an avid Bunko player for many decades, and loved every minute she spent laughing and rolling dice with her “Bunko Babes,” as well as on their many girls’ trips, craft nights, and shared meals. She adored the dear friends she played golf with in her 9-hole golf league at OGCC, even though she was the first to tell you that her best asset on the course was her high handicap. She enjoyed spending time, in person and over virtual happy hours, with long-time friends from Le Moyne. Tara was an avid reader and involved in a tight-knit Book Club for many years, and a skilled cross stitcher, making Christmas stockings for her family. She was always excited to host family and friends at her beloved lake house on Tuscarora Lake.
Tara is survived by her husband of 45 years, Peter; her children, Jillian (Christopher) McGuire, Andrew (Corinne) DiLaura, Thomas (Casey) DiLaura; her seven grandchildren; her mother, Eileen Lee; her siblings, Michael (Diane) Lee, Maura (Roy) Wood, Sharon (Andy) Opfell, Barry Lee, Daniel (Jennifer) Lee, Monica (Terry) Sheehan, Aideen Lee; her in-laws, Patricia Lorenzen, Bobby (Cynthia) DiLaura, Stephen (Sue) DiLaura, Karen (Paul) Zimmerman; goddaughters, Kathleen Lee and Shannon McHugh; godson, Matthew Lee; and many close nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her father, Charles Lee; her in-laws, Robert and Florence DiLaura; her sister-in-law, Coleen Lee; and her brothers-in-law, Gary Polis and John Taylor.
The family would especially like to thank Dr. Lauren Panebianco of HOA and Dr. Oana Manta of Crouse Hospital, as well as the outstanding PA and nursing staff at Crouse Hospital, especially those who had graduated from Le Moyne.
We will never understand this tremendous loss, but we will do our best to live our lives with humor, faith, and love in her honor.
Calling hours will be held on September 14, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel, 7191 East Genesee Street, Fayetteville. A funeral mass will be held at St. Matthew’s Church of East Syracuse on September 15, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the “Tara Lee DiLaura ’78 Memorial Scholarship Fund” at Le Moyne College, Office of Advancement 1419 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse, New York 13214.
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