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Carla Ann Diksa

After a beautiful sunrise on the morning of May 1, 2024, Carla Ann Diksa passed away surrounded by the most important men in her life—her husband and three sons. God recognized her strength as a warrior, as she battled three bouts of breast cancer over 20 years. She was 61 years old.

Carla was born on October 11, 1962, to Marge (Cheseroni) George-Pompilii and Jack George in Wilmington, Delaware. Growing up in “Little Italy”, Carla graduated from Padua Academy in 1980, then excelled in her career, working hard but playing harder.

At 20 years old, while working at the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Carla met and later married the UPS man, Dennis Diksa. Dennis has been by her side for over 40 years. He has been her rock and has never wavered in his vows and commitment to her. She knew how lucky she was.

Their three sons, Derrick Joseph, Dakota Jack, and Dane Jordan are the three best things they ever did. She loved them unconditionally, was fiercely proud of them, and has said they were her greatest accomplishments.

Carla has always prioritized her role in life as a wife, mommy, daughter, sister, and friend. She was happiest at the drive-on beaches, watching sunsets, riding out thunderstorms, cooking Sunday dinners, dancing to her favorite ‘80s songs, and hosting parties for the holidays, for birthdays, or for any excuse to get together and be surrounded by those whom she loved. She had always loved cooking, but in her fifties, she found baking to be a way to relax. Collecting and trying new recipes made her happy, and the icing on top was having others enjoy her food and desserts. Her favorite moments were when family and friends were together laughing.

Carla had an unmatched sense of style, an eye for interior design, a palate for fine foods, and a penchant for breaking the rules in the name of fun. She was a force of nature and had an unwavering zest for life. Her generous, encouraging, unapologetic, dedicated, warm, and wild spirit will be missed.

Carla knew she would be greeted in the afterlife by her father Jack, grandmother Fannie, niece Angelina, Fil, Joanne, Pop Wally, and Bella.

Carla is survived by the love of her life Dennis, and her three sons Derrick, Dakota, and Dane. She is also survived by her mother Marge George-Pompilii, sisters Dina Hughes and Paula Naylor, nieces Jaclyn, Jessica, and Carliana, her three wiener dogs, and a close circle of friends who know who they are. If she ever told you how lucky she is to have you in her life, she meant it.

In true Carla fashion, she provided notes for her own obituary, and requested that there be no service since they are too sad. She wanted her life and memory celebrated with a shot of Patron, Grey Goose, Limoncello, or your favorite drink. That would make her smile. Carla also encouraged that you live each day to the fullest, take nothing for granted, and surround yourself with positive people who lift you up. It makes navigating this life easier. Her impact on our lives will be felt beyond her own, and we know that her voice and spirit will continue to guide us.

Funeral Services

A Celebration of Life will be held privately.


    Lynn Marie Yeoman lit a candle and writes,
    Words cannot express the loss of such a beautiful person inside and out. I was very fortunate to call her friend and to be her friend. Prayers and love to her men. Carla always loved and never forgotten
    05/04/2024 01:23 pm
    Tom parmenter lit a candle and writes,
    To my old friend. My most heartfelt sympathy to you and all of your family.
    05/04/2024 04:33 pm
    Helen&Terry Diksa writes,
    We remember holiday parties at S Cleveland & then at Surrey Park hosted by our gracious Carla (Dennis helped lol)Our thoughts and prayers go out for all the DJD’s.
    05/04/2024 06:39 pm
    guy delillio writes,
    Hands down, one of the brightest and humorous personas ever! Back in the early 2000's s we worked for our favorite "tech boss" Sunil....absurdly long hours while dealing with innumerable daily delivery challenges and "political miscreants" within MBNA Technology. Carla's lucidity and organizational capabilities were "best in class"! Her deadpanned facial expressions and timely dry wit under the worse of circumstances made life at work a little more tolerable..... .....she will be sorely missed by many.
    05/05/2024 07:30 am
    Bruce Colbourn writes,
    Dennis I am very sorry for your loss. While I never met Carla, I can tell you and your boys were truly blessed.
    05/05/2024 07:53 am
    Jane & John writes,
    Double We are so sorry to her about Carla. Jane and I will pray for you and the boys. Carla was a lucky girl and even luckier to have you to go thru life with and helping her get thru all that madness that goes along with fighting cancer. You did a great job. God bless Carla
    05/05/2024 07:56 am
    Bob Shaw writes,
    Dennis, I am so so sorry for your loss, we will pray for her and you and the boys. Hang in there buddy I know it must be a very tough time. ❤️❤️❤️
    05/05/2024 08:56 am
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    05/05/2024 09:26 am
    Jeff & Diane Koehlef lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Dennis & Family, So sorry to hear about Carla. We remember with fondness all the fun times those many years ago. Please accept our condolences in your loss. Sincerely, Jeff & Diane
    05/05/2024 09:50 am
    Amy Landolfa writes,
    From our first meeting, Carla became my forever friend, and even though we started as colleagues, we were enveloped as family. Carla was the first person to know all the important milestones in my life, and she celebrated like a rock star! She was a giver of strength, huge laughs, generous in so many ways including her loyalty and love. Alessandro and I were fortunate to know her and we will miss her so much.
    05/05/2024 09:53 am
    Tina Thornes writes,
    I have very fond memories of Carla from way back when the boys were young and wrestling with Benny. She was a lovely soul and I’m sure your hearts are full of sorrow. Take comfort in all the wonderful memories you’ll cherish. Fondly, Tina & John Thornes
    05/05/2024 10:02 am
    Ronald and Joanne George writes,
    So very sad for your lose, it’s hard to see someone you love fight so hard and go through so much pain. The Lord had her set ready and no more pain . God Bless and sending prayers to all of you, 🙏
    05/05/2024 10:25 am
    Gary and Mary Opromolla lit a candle and writes,
    It is hard for me to put into words how Carla’s passing has hurt Mary and I. I met Carla in 1980 when Dennis starting dating her. It was a match made in heaven as they say. I loved her honesty, her devotion and loyalty to family and friends. She was so much fun to be around. I also loved her toughness, she never wallowed in self pity for her illness. Our only regret was that the last time we were in her company was 2 summers ago at the Freeman Stage to see Boz Scaggs. We would have liked to have seen her recently to say goodbye. Well, goodbye Carla, we will have a shot of Limoncello with you down the road…….Gary & Mary O
    05/05/2024 11:02 am
    Mark Bard writes,
    Dennis Im so sorry for your loss.
    05/05/2024 03:20 pm
    Ida Marie (Dee) Kelleher lit a candle and writes,
    My sincerest condolences to Carla’s family. I have very fond memories of Carla from Padua, and most of them include laughing. She had such a great sense of humor and passion for life. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Sincerely, Dee (Jacono) Kelleher
    05/05/2024 03:54 pm
    Roger Morley writes,
    Dennis…I was saddened to hear of Carla’s recent passing. I never had a chance to meet her but during our time together at DuPont CC you shared so much about Carla and the boys that I felt I knew her. It was so clear to me what a wonderful partnership you two had and how proud you were of her many accomplishments. With deepest sympathy Roger Morley
    05/05/2024 05:31 pm
    Nancy Brady Miller lit a candle and writes,
    I was so saddened to learn of Carla’s passing. Although we went our separate ways after graduation, the loss of a fellow Padua Panda alumni is always upsetting. I have fond memories of Carla throughout high school beginning with Freshman Welcome Day. Carla’s older sister, Dina, was my ‘big sister’ and oh what fun we had on that day! The memories continued throughout our 4 years at Padua. I am keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Carla will be missed by so many. I am raising my glass in honor of you Carla. 💗 Thank you for all of the laughs during high school. I will always remember your beautiful smile. God Bless all of you. Love, Nancy Brady Miller
    05/05/2024 06:30 pm
    Rogers family lit a candle and writes,
    Our deepest condolences to all the family. We are so very sorry.
    05/05/2024 06:30 pm
    Ann Belmonte writes,
    Dennis, You were ourUPS person on Grant Ave. and you were the kindest and best. So very sorry and wish we had known her.
    05/05/2024 08:15 pm
    David and Marla writes,
    Dennis and boys…I remember the first time I met Carla. We bonded right away.. we were the non Brandywine girls. I don’t think she ever called David anything but Bighead. Our friendship blossomed over the years and we have so many fun memories of you coming to Charleston to visit us. So many laughs. We will try and remember all the laughs and smile when we think of her like she would have wanted. Love to you all.
    05/05/2024 08:17 pm
    Cindy Mitchell writes,
    Wow so sorry to hear of Carla's passing 😢 We worked together for many years at MBNA/Bank of America. So glad she isn't suffering any longer and will drink a shot of limoncello to her memory. My deepest sympathy to her family 🙏
    05/05/2024 08:24 pm
    Dave Olsen lit a candle and writes,
    Dennis, Thinking of you and the boys at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are always with you.
    05/06/2024 07:50 am
    Annette (Frank) DeShane writes,
    To Carla's family: We are saddened to hear of Carla's passing and so very sorry for your loss. Carla was my cousin and sweet friend from early on in life. Living in the same neighborhood, we spent many days at each other's houses as little girls laughing and playing, and Carla's lively imagination often led to the best games or us getting in trouble, all in fun of course. We had the best times then and through Padua. As adults with busy lives, we would run into each other, catch up on family, always with warm hugs, and laughs. She was so beautiful, inside and out. Her love and pride for her family, her husband and her boys, just lit up her face. I know what a blessing Carla was to her family, and our sincere prayers are with you in this sorrowful time. My heart is sad, but I will do as you asked, Carla, and lift a glass to you. Love you always.
    05/06/2024 08:55 am
    Joe Mattucci lit a candle and writes,
    Sheila and I are so sorry to hear of Carla’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    05/06/2024 09:30 am
    Ron, Michelle, Tara & Jena Marini writes,
    We are so sorry to hear the news of Carla's passing. Our heart goes out to Dennis and all three of the Diksa boys. May she rest in peace.
    05/06/2024 10:12 am
    Ron, Michelle, Tara & Jena Marini lit a candle and writes,
    We are so sorry to hear of Carla's passing. Our heart goes out to Dennis and all three boys. May Carla rest in peace.
    05/06/2024 10:23 am
    Lindsay & Jerry duPhily writes,
    I was Dennis' roommate in the early 1980s when he met Carla. It didn't take me long to figure out I would need to find another place to live. While it is deeply saddening to have Carla leave us this soon, our memories will be of the wonderful partnership she created with Dennis. And the extraordinary family they built together. And, of course, Carla's perpetual smile.
    05/06/2024 10:35 am
    Karen Jablonski Black lit a candle and writes,
    My sincere Condolences to Carla's family and friends. When one of our Padua class of 80' friends sent me Carla's obituary I felt a sadness fall over me for the loss of an amazing woman. I remember Carla's smile and upbeat personality at Padua so well and ran into her throughout our years after graduating together and she had not changed one bit. Always greeted me with a smile, hug and wanted to hear about what was going in my life no matter what was going on in hers. I could feel her in the obituary that was written too. It was beautifully written and full of Carla's spirit. May she rest in peace now and may you continue to share her love for life through her memories that you will pass on to others. I will do as she wished and have a shot in her name. God bless you all. Sincerely, Karen (Padua class of 80')
    05/06/2024 10:37 am
    Jennifer and Scott Thompson lit a candle and writes,
    Our deepest condolences to Dennis, the boys and the entire family. We hope that cherished memories provide some comfort to you all during this difficult time. It was a beautifully written obituary and may Carla’s spirit be carried on by the family indefinitely. Love, Jennifer, Scott, Zachary and Gavin Thompson
    05/06/2024 12:33 pm
    Annmarie Pawlowicz lit a candle and writes,
    Margie and family, I am so very sorry to read of Carla's passing. You are such a close family that this has to be devastating. I'm sure her relationship with her husband and boys was just as tight. So very sad for all.
    05/06/2024 02:04 pm
    Joe Aviola lit a candle and writes,
    Dennis, We are so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and the boys in our thoughts and prays during these difficult times. Carla was a beautiful person who touched many lives. Joe and Tanya Aviola
    05/06/2024 02:45 pm
    PATRICK GATES writes,
    Dennis, very sorry to hear of your loss.
    05/06/2024 05:05 pm
    Rachel (Meloro) Deely lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Diksa Family, So very sorry to hear of Carla’s passing. I went to grade school and Padua with Carla and fondly remember all the great times we shared together! I considered Carla one of my dearest friend growing up and I am so sad and cannot believe she is gone. I wish we had stayed in contact more but our lives go in different directions and time passes by so quickly. I am so glad to have known such an amazing person and pray she is at peace now. My condolences to her family and a shot to you my beautiful friend! Rest in Peace 🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼
    05/06/2024 06:39 pm
    Rene talley lit a candle and writes,
    So sorry Dennis, she was a beautiful soul I will miss her humor
    05/07/2024 09:26 am
    Kathy and Dick Fenner writes,
    Dear Marge, Carla was a special young lady and I will remember her with love and warmth. Sending you wishes for strength in the days to come as you deal with this huge loss for you and your family.❤️
    05/07/2024 10:47 am
    Greg & Valerie Melasecca writes,
    Dennis and family we were saddened to hear of the passing of Carla. We remember the beautiful couple you both were and how honored we were to be in your wedding. We all knew her beautiful smile and remember all the laughter at those crazy NYE parties at our house many moons ago. We will keep you all in our prayers.
    05/07/2024 11:02 am
    Kelly Cornia lit a candle and writes,
    Just heard the news :( I am so thankful to have had her in my life as both a co-worker and as a friend for over 10 years. We got to go through some intense times together and as stated in her obituary, she was a rock. Her experience and hard-nosed dedication was an inspiration, as was her humor and absolutely infectious laughter and giggling. I will miss her terribly, but will remember fondly one of the most influential people I've had in my life. I learned so much from her and the she has had on all our lives is a great tribute to the awesome person she is.
    05/07/2024 01:20 pm
    Hank Winchester lit a candle and writes,
    To Dennis and his sons….. I just ran into one of our old keg league softball buddies who let me know of the passing of your beautiful wife and mother. Running into you D over the years I know how hard she fought with you and the boys at her side. It was a lesson about inner strength and courage! I pray you carry on her legacy knowing one day you will be reunited!! God Bless, Hank ❤️🙏
    05/07/2024 07:01 pm
    Cousins Michelle, Rob Carr and Family lit a candle and writes,
    So very sorry for Carla’s passings. She truly was a bright star and we all loved her very much. Prayers to you all during this most difficult time. Lean on one another, be together as mush as possible and hold onto those amazing memories. Love you all
    05/07/2024 07:58 pm
    Rene talley lit a candle and writes,
    Sorry Dennis she was a good soul and had a great sense of humor
    05/07/2024 08:49 pm
    Nancy OHaire writes,
    Paula and family - I'm so very sorry to hear about Carla. Keeping you all in prayer for strength during this time. Nancy O'Haire
    05/08/2024 09:32 am
    Cindy Casapulla-DuVall writes,
    Mrs. George, Dina & Paula, I was so sorry to hear of Carla’s passing. I will always see her with that beautiful smile, it was contagious. Carla was as beautiful inside as out! Please accept my condolences during this difficult time.
    05/10/2024 08:06 am
    Paula Borrelli LaPenta writes,
    Margie, Dina & Paula: Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Carla. May you find comfort in your many warm memories. Prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.
    05/13/2024 05:56 pm
    Elizabeth Conly Mousley lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Marge and family, So sorry to read of your daughter's passing. She is now at rest in the hands of the Lord.
    05/15/2024 10:02 am

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