Mary Ditto

Mary E. Ditto (nee DiTullio), 86, of Rockford and Forest Park, died on April 22, 2019. 

She began her teaching career in Downers Grove and Skokie, then taught for 33 years in the Rockford Public Schools. She was a founding member of the nationally recognized Teacher Development Center (Welsh TDC) in Rockford where she pioneered the Democratic Classroom. A graduate of Rockford East High School and Northern Illinois University, she received her master’s degree in Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 

She loved being a mother, grandmother and teacher.

Mary was the mother of Frank (Julie), Anne Marie, Catherine (Clifford Walker) and the late Teresa Ditto; she was “Drini” to Nicholas, Winifred and Elektra; sister of Dominic Anthony (Patti) DiTullio and the late Helen (the late Gene) Kohlhepp; and the aunt and cousin of many. 

Visitation and funeral Mass were celebrated on April 26 at St. Edmund Church, 188 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park IL. Burial at Calvary Cemetery in Rockford was private. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to: WSSRA ( are appreciated.

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