Alexandra Plasteras Diglio, 80, of West Long Branch, passed away peacefully on September 24 at Monmouth Medical Center. She was born April 5, 1943 in Long Branch. She was raised in Loch Arbour and lived nearly her entire life at the Jersey Shore. Growing up she worked at her father’s restaurant, The Marine Grill, and her uncle Louis Karagias’ Criterion Restaurant and Candy Shop, both in Asbury Park. In 1961, she graduated from Asbury Park High School and two years later from from Berkeley Secretarial School in East Orange.
Alexandra began her career as an executive assistant to legendary fashion designer Oleg Cassini in New York City. She also worked for Scholastic Books, EAI, Electronic Concepts, and her brother Basil’s Squires Pub restaurant in West Long Branch before owning and operating the Perkins Pancake House in Long Branch with her husband Larry. She finished her career at SFERRA Fine Linens.
Alex loved and was loved by her many nieces and nephews. One of her greatest pleasures was cooking soup and baking chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies for them. Among her many passions were watching professional golf, especially Jack Nicholas and Tiger Woods, her beloved New York Yankees and Derek Jeter, and the New York Giants’ Lawrence Taylor. Alex was a voracious book reader, who when finished, shared them with friends and family.
Alexandra was predeceased by her parents James G. and Marguerite Gatta Plasteras, her sister Virginia Plasteras Matouk, her brothers George James Plasteras, Basil James Plasteras, and her brother-in-law George F. Matouk and sisters-in-law Elaine Tyrrell Plasteras and Ann Scharber Plasteras.
She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Lawrence Joseph Diglio, stepchildren Larry Diglio and David Diglio both of Maine, her sister Margo Plasteras Hooker and husband Paul, her brother Jimmy Plasteras, her sister-in-law Patricia Connelly and husband Joe, and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
Alex’s family is grateful to the entire staff at Monmouth Medical Center and Michael Arvanitis MD for their care and compassion.
Relatives and friends may call from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Sunday, October 1 at Fiore Funeral Home 236 Monmouth Road in Oakhurst, Ocean Township. A Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Alex’s life will be held at 10:30 am Monday, October 2 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church (The Church of Mother of Mercy), 1201 Asbury Avenue, Asbury Park. Interment will follow at St. George Greek Orthodox Cemetery in Neptune.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Alexandra’s memory to either St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1033 West Park Avenue Ocean, NJ 07712 or RallyCap Sports, P.O. Box 81 Sea Girt, NJ 08750 or www.rallycapsports.org. Please visit www.fiorefuneralhome.com for further information or to send condolences.