Your recent article in the newspaper where you mentioned Diane's passing shocked me as I was not aware of here illness. I will always remember and cherish the kindness, hard work and energy that you and Diane so willingly gave to the Veronica Kirschner Campaign for the State House. Also, it was because of Diane that we joined the Federated Women's Forum. I am so saddened to learn of her passing. My most sincere sympathy goes out to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dr. Louis Kirschner
I AM NOT SURE WHAT TO SAY,OTHER THAN I WILL MISS HER VERY,VERY MUCH!
SHE WAS A GRACIOUS BEAUTIFUL WOMAN ON THE INSIDE AND OUT!SHE WAS A PILLAR OF STRENGTH ,MOVING FORWARD NO MATTER THE OBSTACLE!
HER LAST 51 YEARS WERE HER BEST AS SHE WAS BLESSED WITH HAVING A LOVING HUSBAND ,SON AND DAUGHTER.
REST IN PEACE,SWEET SISTER!!
I LOVE YOU!
Tom, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the loss of Diane. She was a most graceful and wonderful woman and will be missed by the citizens of Charlotte County.
Nancy and I are very sorry for your loss. Diane was a great lady and will be sorely missed. We are sad from her loss to you and the family.
Diane was a true and wonderful friend to me and I miss her. She was the definition of a "Woman Full of Grace," with a wicked sense of humor. We shared many good laughs (and a few tears) over the years - even when I knew she wasn't feeling that well. I am blessed to have had her in my life and very proud that she was my friend. My love to Tom, Liz and Rick.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Heaven has gained an angel. Lovely lady Diane. You lived your life for those who loved you. Those who loved you will never forget you.
My mom (and best friend) passed away last week. I don't know of anything she could not accomplish. It seems like she could do just about anything she set her mind to. Mom made friends with everyone she met and always had a positive outlook in just about any situation. I don't know of anyone who was not touched by her kindness. She always put others needs before herself. Many of her close friends did not even know that she was battling cancer for many years. She would rather focus on the positive. I love you Mommy.
Diane was a very special lady.. Always optimistic, not a mean bone in her body.. Always cherished the relationship her & Tom always had because you know it was special.. I would ask Diane how she was and 99% of the time it was great even through the worst part of her illness.. I only wish I was able to know her better.. She was a true lady and respect her for her decision to leave us but I think we all don't have to go far to feel fond memories of Diane.. may she rest in peace.. :)
Diane touched by life and heart more than 20 years ago.
(and Yes the first meet was Political ).
That meeting turned into a friendship I am Blessed to have.
Diane a" True Lady" with a" Heart of Gold" giving strength, wisdom, laughter, love and many "Girlfriend shopping trips!"
Diane's " Smile" that lite up any room and memories will live in my heart as for many that were fortunate to know her. She will be greatly missed.
No words can say how greatly sorry I am for her loss.............
My Heart and Love goes out to Tom and Liz and family at this time.....
May God Bless and keep her smiling forever.
In my entire life, my Aunt Diane never missed an opportunity to do me a kindness, to offer me encouragement and give me the feeling that I was loved and valued by her. In that I am nothing special, she treated everyone that way. The profound sense of loss that comes with her passing is assuaged only by the great pride I could not help but feel as she faced the end with the same smiling grace, dignity and courage that she lived her life with. I believe there is a God in Heaven that will smile at seeing Diane, at long last, returned to His loving embrace. Requiescat in pace.
It is with great sadness to hear of Diane's passing. Wishing the whole family strength in these difficult times. She was truly amazing. I loved her optimism, rationalism and her logic. I remember her best laughing and smiling -even in tough times. She was one of a kind. I always told her she would have my vote if she would ever run for Senate, Governor or President. She made things always look so easy - skilled at multi tasking - I remember her bringing little Sarah into the office while doing many other tasks!!! We lost a great person and dear friend. Diane will remain in my heart and memories for ever.
With Deepest Sympathy - my thoughts are with you.
Love, Vicki Leonard
Tom, Liz, and Family,
We will always remember Diane's smile and her graciousness. With Diane's passing, we can imagine that the majority of people in Heaven will soon be Republicans. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you in this time of sadness.
Mark and Susan Brownie
I regret that I didn't know Diane very long, but she made me feel welcome at the Forum. She took the time to respond to my inquiries about the way politics work and there is so much I could have learned from her. I wish peace for your family and I hope that you find comfort in the fond memories you have of this remarkable woman.
While I never had the pleasure to meet Dianne, I did bear witness to the power of the love that was felt for her by her son Rick. I wish the family the true peace and comfort that is found in a knowledge that Dianne was a loved and blessed woman and that our world is better for the gift she leaves us in the form of her family.
Diane is an amazing and most accomplished woman. She's a beautiful lady of grace, integrity and faithfully worked to better her special friends. Her love of Tom and her children is a deep love and there are worlds of memories that they cherish which will keep them with happiness, laughter and smiles for the rest of their lives. If the world could live the life as Diane lived it, then we all would be in a much better place. We miss her! Miss her immensely! We now pray and ask for God's blessings to be showered upon her and the family,
I don't know what to say. Nothing I come up with could ever do this woman's life justice. I love you Aunt Diane and I will see you again someday, I will miss you so much.
Diane touched so many lives, mine included. One thing that has always stuck with me was her unfailing grace in sticky situations. I was an awful cook as a teenager and was trying to impress Tom and Diane. The dinner was great but I misread the instructions on the fudge that was to be desert. Teaspoon, cup they look similar. While everyone at the table was sputtering and choking Diane was smiling at me with words of encouragement and stories of some of her cooking mishaps.
I will forever be inspired by Tom and Diane's epic love story.
Rest peacefully Diane. I am grateful and lucky to be your niece.
Diane- my hero. Your courage and wisdom inspire me. I will keep trying to be the person you always thought I was.
Looking at old photographs has brought back some wonderful memories of happy times. Diane always brought happiness and comfort where ever she went. As well as all her other activities she became a realtor. She really was good at everything she did. She earned the respect, trust and friendship of everyone who knew her.
She bore her illness without a word of complaint and whatever she suffered, she was always cheerful.
Would that we could all be so wonderful.
Diane, we miss you dreadfully.
I was stunned when Tom informed me that Diane was having hospice care and the reason. Like many, I had no knowledge of her illness or the battle(s) she fought.
Diane never said an unkind word, except perhaps for those who did not know the name of their elected representatives or did not vote! She and Tom were wonderful neighbors for my Step Mother and Dad, Claire and Fred Babcock. When Dad died Tom volunteered his boat and captained us for a burial at sea.
After Claire had a bad fall she did not call 911 but rather Diane who summoned help. When it became apparent that Claire could not return home, Diane sold Dad and Claire's home at 2289 Gulfview Road at above the listing price, just before the crash!. Talk about talent!
But what I most remember about Diane were the many kindnesses she rendered after Claire moved to Sterling House; she visited regularly, picked up Walmart purchase cards for Claire's sundries, and gave me an extra pair
of eyes on the scene, giving me comfort that Claire was OK. She visited her the day Claire died. Diane said, "She was beautiful."
I'm honored to have know Diane and will greatly miss her. Well done, Diane.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Diane clearly made a huge impact on many people throughout her life. Once at a Republican Forum meeting I vented to her about my campaign and she listened and then gave me the best advice which really helped me at that time. Besides being smart, beautiful and kind she was a great leader who worked hard for this community and the State of Florida. I also believe she is most likely in heaven chatting with President Reagan and other great Republicans. My condolences to Tom and your family.
Not knowing of Diane's illness I was quite surprised at her passing....Tom and Diane were some of our closest friends during the 80's and early 90's when we lived in Punta Gorda...really great folks. My late wife, Mary Jo, and I, both thought the world of Diane. My condolences and very best to the whole family. - Paul Reehling and Family
On the eve of your memorial service I still struggle for words. Your physical presence will be missed but your kindness, spirit and grace is all around us. If all people could live their life the way Diane did.....what a wonderful and caring place this would be!
Tom and Family...deepest condolences to you all at this time . I remember my cousin fondly. She always had a big smile and warm heart. On our many early visits to Miami Diane was like a big sister to me...always giving of her time. She has made such a huge impact on so many people and she will be missed by all but never forgotten by any....Vicki Gilliland
Tom,the good folks of Punta Gorda., the G.O.P., and My wife and I, have lost a very precious and wonderful woman who constantly sought to work for worthy causes with exceptional dilligence. She was a strong fighter and now is at peace. Our deepest sympathy to Tom and the Family.
We had the food fortune to know Diane for over 25 years and we had the privilege to call her "friend."
Our respect and admiration for Diane as a woman and a leader is immeasurable. We will not say goodbye to those whom we have grown to love, for the memories we have will last forever and will never know a goodbye. Wherever we are, she will always be in our hearts.
Tom and family, Diane will be with you in spirit and in your hearts forever.
May God Bless You, Fred and Barbara
I feel privileged and honored to have had such a wonderful niece in my life. Diane, I will never forget you..........
Tom and Family-- I am truly sorry for your loss. I remember her from my early childhood; many years have passed since then. I saw her last at the Punta Gorda Airshow a year or two ago- she greeted me and my husband with such warmth and love; it made me feel as though I had grown up around her. I wish that I had been able to know her and spend time with her.
We all leave a footprint behind us- some are large, some are small. Some are deep and lasting, others are mere impressions that fade away after time. Aunt Diane's footprint is very deep and will stay pressed into the hearts and minds of all that knew and loved her. She will be with you always.
Diane was my friend and mentor. When asked she would help as well as advise me. We both share a love for our dogs. The last advice she gave me was for a dog caretaker I will be taking this advice next week when i take my "Abby" to meet Michael Babins. I will miss Diane greatly. She was one of a kind. Jane Sturges
You had the wisdom of Solomon, the patience of Job, the culinary skills of Julia Child and a heart of gold. You were Grace Kelly and June Cleaver all rolled into one very special woman. You inspired me to become a better wife, mother, person. I adore and admire you and I feel blessed to have been a part of your life.
I will do my best to honor your memory by raising your granddaughter to have all of the qualities that made you so special to so many.
You will always remain close in our hearts and minds.
My sweet mother, teacher, confidant, ally and my best friend is now in heaven.
Mom, you showed me how to live and do by example. How to forgive, how to love and to cherish my own family-and how to be loved, You taught me to cook, garden, to dream big dreams and to always find beauty in everything around me. You were the most beauty that I ever found.
You dedicated yourself to being the best parent a child could ever hope for and to being Dad's life-long partner and his very best friend. Everyone you met was touched by your laughter, smile and sweet kindness. It was with with great courage, grace, dignity and even humor that you fought so hard this past year and I am so very proud of you. Liz and I are blessed to have been raised and loved by such a wonderful mother.
You heard me and gave a smile when I said my last "I love you" and I take great comfort in that. So today I send you all my love and prayers-but not my good byes. I know in my heart that we will all be together again one day as a family. I love you mom.
Rufus and I were shocked and saddened to hear of Diane's death. I know the intense devotion and love you two had for each other over all these years. We grieve with you and for you Deepest Sympathy. Jo Jac and Rufus
Tom.. With the passing of my mother, Diane's aunt, on March 31st., my cousin's passing didn't receive proper recognition. Diane and I were best pen pals during high school and I remember her writing about you. I was honored to be her bridesmaid. She continued to write and many times would mention how much she loved you. I am so sorry for your daughter Liz and son Rick's loss of a wonderful mother. Tom, I know you will go on with a lifetime of wonderful memories with Diane. Thank you for providing a great life for my dear cousin Diane. I will miss her dearly. Love, Sue & Dave Bryer
• John 3:16 (NIV) 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Diane was an exceptional lady. Your loss is great. My deepest sympathy to you Tom & to your family.
We were saddened to hear of Diane's passing. She was a great organizer and tireless worker. I had the pleasure of working with her as co-chairman of the Martinez campaign and on the youth council appointed by the county in the mid 80s. She was always positive and great to work with. She will be greatly missed and was a truly outstanding person.
Our thoughts are with her family at this tragic time.
Dear Tom and Family,
My deepest sympathy to you. Diane was an inspiration to so many of us, and her enthusiastic personality will be greatly missed. Candles will be lit in honor of her as well as in memory of her at this weekend's Relay for Life. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers.
Kathy Hollinger Strayton
My heart goes out to Tom and Liz and I offer my deepest condolences on your loss. I DO know exactly what you are going through at this time. Diane was loved by everyone she came in contact with. Rest in Peace Dear Diane.
My darling wife, lover, companion and best friend. We will meet again.
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.