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, 89, of Tampa, passed away August 30, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ricardo and Emilia Sanchez, and the love of her life, Jose “Joe” Rodriguez.

Survivors include her daughters, Debbie DiStefano [Joe}, and Denise LaPerna {Steve}, grandsons, Anthony {Taylor} and Michael {Jenna} DiStefano and Ryan and Stephen {Morgan} LaPerna. Great grandsons, Jacob and Mason DiStefano, along with many family and friends.

“Miss Mickey”, as she was known to many worked for the Catholic Dioecies.  Those schools included St. Joseph Catholic School, O.L.P.H., and finishing her career at Sacred Heart Academy where she retired. She loved to dance and to travel with her beloved Joe.   Her pride and joys were her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Due to Covid, a private service will be held with immediate family. Family and friends are welcome to attend a Celebration of Life on October 16, 2021, at 3 p.m., Gaspar’s Patio Bar and Grill, 8448 N. 56th St. Temple Terrace, FL.

Online condolences can be made at Cremations of Greater Tampa Bay.


  • Elise Jacobs
    Posted October 6, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Sending our love and heartfelt condolences. Mickey was a force and so much fun. She will be greatly missed by so many.

  • Sandra R. Smith
    Posted October 6, 2021 at 10:26 am

    So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • The Piccolo’s
    Posted October 6, 2021 at 10:37 am

    We send our deepest condolences to the family. Praying for peace and comfort for all of you. She was such a beautiful and fun lady who’s smile you both have. It was a pleasure to know her.

  • Virginia Olampo
    Posted October 6, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    Denise, my prayers and thoughts are with you and the Family. I spent many Sundays, at St. Joseph’s Hospital Chapel for Mass, with Mickey. We always sat together and talked before Mass. She will be missed.

  • Lydia Economus
    Posted October 6, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Mickey was beautiful and we loved her very much. You are all in our prayers. Much love from Lydia and Pam.

  • Larry Pasetti
    Posted October 6, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    No words can express the sorrow and loss. Mrs Fernandez was one of the good ones. God bless her and her family. I’m very sad learn if her passing.

  • Mary Ann Baker
    Posted October 7, 2021 at 11:55 am

    May she rest in the Peace of the Lord. She was loved by soooo many.

  • Debbie
    Posted October 7, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    I am heart broken by this news. She was a second mother to me and a wonderful friend. I will miss her deeply.

  • Norma I. Farfante
    Posted October 9, 2021 at 8:08 am

    Mickey , a great friend and Sectetary at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ybor City . Our Children attended school together and at Sacred Heart Academy. Mickey will be missed by our families. We look forward to the Celebration of Her Life on October 16, 2021.

  • Karen Gebhardt
    Posted October 9, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    Rest In Peace dear Mickey…you touched many lives

  • Teresa Castillo
    Posted October 11, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Sorry for your loss such a sweet person I remember her at O.L.P.H RIP Mrs Fernandez 😢 🙏 💔

  • Joe LaBruzzo
    Posted October 13, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    What a wonderful lady. We all will miss her. She and Norma F kept me in line and out of trouble for many years. God bless her

  • Elsa Pardo
    Posted October 15, 2021 at 10:55 am

    Rest In Peace my dear friend Mickey, I will never forget how good you were to me and everyone at OLPH. God bless you..

  • Diane and Gary
    Posted October 16, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    ,Whenever I see Micky in my mind, she is laughing or dancing with a beautiful grin on her face! She was always so good to her large family and loved her Uncles, Aunts and cousins! Besides Joe, her conversations were usually about her wonderful grandsons💕. She will be missed by all of us!

  • Susan Lovely Holloway
    Posted October 17, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    Dear Debbie & Denise & families,
    You are in my prayers during this difficult time. Your Mom was such a special & beautiful lady. I remember so many fun times at your home & her fabulous cooking.
    Sending my love to all.

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