Diana T. Dennin Tuesday, December 29, 1953 - Thursday, May 11, 2017
Diana entered into heaven after a thirty plus year struggle with muscular dystrophy. She leaves behind her husband of 40 years, Dick, and a son, Matthew. Diana was greeted at the gates of Heaven by her daughter, Laurie, who preceded her in death in 2012. Diana leaves behind a devoted sister Marie (Tim), brother-in-laws Dan (Cathy), Tom (Dorothy), and sister-in-laws Denise Rico (Randy) and Donna Drago. She is also survived by her father-in-law Grant Dennin. She is also survived by cousins Kim (Ian) Anderson, David (Jan) Pava and Ray (Diane) Pava. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews. She was the God-daughter of Rose Stack who she fondly referred to as “Dina”. She was the “special mom” to Nicole, Sara, and Mariah Hofstadter. Diana was born in San Francisco and raised in Orinda. Following her marriage to Dick in 1977 she settled in South San Francisco and soon wondered what happened to her warm and sunny weather that she enjoyed in Orinda. In May of 1985 the family, now two youngsters larger, relocated to Walnut Creek where she resided in the same home for the past 32 years. She was an active member of St John Vianney Parish where she was one of the founding members of the SPREAD Program, a ministry dedicated to bringing the voice of the Catholic Religion to those with physical and mental disabilities. She was also a Lay Minister for SJV delivering Communion to those hospitalized at John Muir Hospital. Eventually, as the muscular disease progressed, Diana had to step back from these roles. Diana was the ultimate mother combining patience, understanding, and love to her two disabled children. Matthew and Laurie were the two luckiest children a child could ever hope for. Diana lived life to the fullest that her disease would allow. She travelled the country with Dick in their travel trailer. She flew back east often to be with her East Coast family (that she lovingly inherited in marriage). Her wheelchair had more miles on it than most people’s cars traversing over some of most unusual terrain: snow, dirt, crushed lava, sand (with assistance), mud, etc… often times telling Dick to “slow down!” She was definitely a trooper. As the years and muscular dystrophy wore Diana down, she continued to travel. On her last trip driving across country in 2015, Dick joked that he drove 10,000 miles and Diana slept 5,000 miles. Not always the best co-pilot but still the best travel partner to take anywhere. Diana was blessed to have some of the best people in the world that she could count as friends. Folks like Stefan and Katharina Hofstadter, Mary Sydlik, and numerous neighbors who all pitched in to lend a hand when Diana’s health started declining. The last two years had been especially difficult for Diana but never once, did you ever hear her complain “Why me?” Diana’s handling of her disease could serve all of us “normal” people out there a reminder of what truly matters in life. The family would also like to especially thank the wonderful folks at Hospice of the East Bay for their caring and much appreciated services, especially RN Karen Lee. Their help allowed Diana to stay in her home until the Lord called her home. There will be a visitation for Diana commencing at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 with a rosary service at 7:00 PM at Hulls Walnut Creek Mortuary, 1139 Saranap Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94595. On Thursday, May 18, 2017 there will be a mass of Christian Burial at St John Vianney Catholic Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 commencing at 10:00 AM. A reception will immediately follow the mass at Mullins Commons, located adjacent to the church. A gravesite service will take place at 2:30 PM at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1965 Reliz Valley Road, Lafayette, CA 94549 where she will be laid to rest alongside her daughter, Laurie. All are invited to attend. The family wishes that donations in Diana’s memory be made to The Respite Inn, 906 Lee Lane, Concord, CA 94518, or to The Muscular Dystrophy Association at mda.org, or to Hospice of the East Bay, 34709 Buskirk Ave, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. Rest in peace Diana, may you fly freely in Heaven with Laurie, free from the restrictions and burdens muscular dystrophy so unfairly placed on you.