We mourn the loss of our dear friend and colleague. Recently, Filomena Diebold was honored by Gov. Phil Murphy after her passing due to COVID-19. Our deepest condolences to her family and friends:
Here is the transcript of the Governor’s mention of her at his press conference:
And finally, Filomena Phyllis Acerra Diebold, known as Phil, lived in Long Branch where she was born 85 years ago, but having spoken with her son Sylvia, I might be hit by a lightning bolt for having given up her age. And she was not only born there in Long Branch, but that’s where she was raised. Phil started her career as a factory assembly line worker, but a reputation for perfectionism earned her a fast promotion to the administrative office. And wanting to do more, she applied for and earned a place as an administrator in the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, where she would serve with pride and distinction for 25 years. To say Phil had an indomitable spirit would be an understatement. At the age of 72, she endured surgeries and rounds of radiation to defeat breast cancer. Later, she would be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. But even in the face of this, she never let it define who she was. The same can be said for the stroke that she suffered in 2017. Again, just another obstacle to overcome. And sadly, we lost her to COVID-19 last week. Phil leaves behind her children, Christopher Diebold, and Foster Diebold Jr., her daughter Sylvia, Sylvia Chaffee. I spoke to Sylvia again earlier today and had an extraordinary conversation about her mom. And in addition to her kids, she’s left behind their families, including her grandchildren. She’s also survived by one of her brothers and many, many other family members and friends. God bless you, Filomena and God bless your family.