Mercy sisters associate and Spanish teacher travels the world

Diane DeBernardo. (Laura DePalma)

Diane DeBernardo
Age: 50
Lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. (same house her whole life)
Works at High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology

Sr. Camille D'Arienzo: Diane, please tell us about the family in which you grew up.

Diane DeBernardo: I am the youngest of eight children. There's a span of 14 years between the oldest and the youngest, with a set of twins, so there was a baby every 2-3 years. My father worked for the NYC Department of Sanitation. He often worked nights, midnight to 8 a.m., so we did get to see him after school. My mother was home, as you can imagine putting dinner on the table for 10 people every night required some time and effort.

To whom are you closest?

We were all very close growing up and still remain close now as adults. I am closest to my sister Mary who is one year older than me. She also lives the closest to me as she is now also my tenant!

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