Carmen Marie DiRienzo Carmody

Sep 8, 1955 - Jul 19, 2021

Carmen Marie DiRienzo Carmody, of Katonah, passed away on Monday, July 19, after a courageous battle with an aggressive cancer and other health issues. She was 65. Carmen was born to Carmine M. DiRienzo and Lucretia DiRienzo, nee Caporaso, on Sept. 8, 1955.

After attending Tuckahoe High School, Carmen attended Utica College of Syracuse University and obtained her juris doctorate with honors from the George Washington University National Law Center. Carmen was an attorney in private practice, specializing in labor and employment law for the broadcast and entertainment industry before joining the staff of WNET and becoming VP and managing director of corporate affairs. In 2007, her vision of launching a Spanish-language broadcast network reached fruition. Through her leadership, V-me became the fourth largest such network in the country. Prior to her illness, Carmen continued her private law practice.

Carmen is survived by her mother, Lucretia DiRienzo, and her husband, Thomas J. Carmody, her stepsons Christian (Erin) of Northbridge, Massachusetts, and Colin (Victoria) of Levittown, New York, and their children, Olivia, Reese, Madelyn, and Ciara. Carmen is also survived by her sister, Sr. Joan DiRienzo, MPF and her brother, Louis (Carol) and their sons, Louis and Andrew. Additionally, Carmen is survived by her maternal aunt, Carmela Peters, as well as many cousins from the Caporaso, DiRienzo, and Peters families. Also surviving Carmen are her brother-in-law, John Carmody, her sister-in-law, Judy Carmody, and her nieces and nephews: Danny Mastro, Christine Virgulak, Caragh Gravitt, Jamie Mastro, and Irene Surace.

Carmen met Tom through her first law partner, Don Carmody, and she and Tom were married in 1987. They lived in Mount Kisco before moving to her beloved “Tara,” which was always filled with loving family and friends! Her passion for life and career, her exuberance for connecting with people were tangible and reciprocated by all who knew her.

Carmen served with pride on the boards of Ballet Hispanico, St. Bernadette Catholic Academy, and the U.S. Advisory Board of IESE Graduate School of Business of the University of Navarre in Barcelona.

Funeral services were held at Westchester Funeral Home. She was interred at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. Bernadette Catholic Academy (stbernbk.org/donate); Assumption of Our Lady Church (icaparish.org); Cardiac Unit at NYP Weill Cornell Medical Center (nyp.org/giving/give-now); or become a member of your local public television station.

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