Dianna M. (Romine) Itkowsky

Born: Tue., Feb. 2, 1954
Died: Thu., Mar. 9, 2017


Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Thu., Mar. 16, 2017
Location: Funeral Home


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LEOMINSTER---Dianna M. (Romine) Itkowsky, 63, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at home after a two and a half year battle with cancer.

Dianna was born on February 2, 1954, in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the daughter of George and Maxine (Greenawalt) Romine. Dianna grew up in Altoona. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in history and political science.

 

After graduation Dianna worked for the state of Pennsylvania in DuBois. She also worked for Guaranty Bank in Worcester, Massachusetts, and for the Leominster School system as a teacher’s aide and a teacher. She also worked for several years at Annie’s Book Stop in West Boylston.

Dianna loved to read and would often be reading two or three books at the same time. Her favorite genre was historical fiction. She also loved the beach and spent many a summer day at Hampton Beach in New Hampshire. Dianna had an outgoing personality and made friends very easily. She loved all kids, unconditionally.

Dianna is survived by her husband of 31 years, Frank Itkowsky of Leominster, and by her daughters Elizabeth Itkowsky of Somerville, Massachusetts, and Marissa Itkowsky of Cambridge, Massachusetts. She also leaves her brother George Romine and his wife Joanne of Altoona, Pennsylvania, her sister Trudy Forsht and her husband John of Allentown, Pennsylvania, her sister Carol Taylor and her husband Jay of Concord, North Carolina, her sister-in-law Joyce Romine of Altoona, Pennsylvania, and several nieces and nephews. Her brothers Robert Romine and Mark Romine predeceased her.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff at the UMass-Memorial Hospital Cancer Center and the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. They also wish to thank the HealthAlliance Hospital Hospice Service for their loving care and compassion.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, March 16th at 11 am in the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, a memorial donation be made to one’s favorite charity in Dianna’s name.

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Douglas Clark and Emilia Hamilton
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
Our most heartfelt condolences go out to Frank, Lizzie, and Marissa, and to Dianna's family. She was a wonderful human being, and our lives have been enriched by her having been our friend. She will be sorely missed.

Barbara Parker, Roebuck, SC
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
My deepest sympathy to you all on the loss
of Dianna. She was a very special person and
Friend and am glad I had the opportunity to meet
her. My thoughts and prayers go out to you
all. Love and blessings, Barbara Parker

MaryPat King
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
My deepest condolences to my college friend, Frank, to Lizzie & Marissa, to all of Dianna & Frank's family & to all of their & our friends... Dianna was my friend too and I will miss her on this earthly plane, but I know she will be always in my & our hearts... I am so sorry that I am in Florida right now & prevented by commitments to attend the celebration of life tomorrow. But I will be there in spirit as I know that Dianna will be... She will be looking down on us from Heaven. I will make a donation in Dianna's name to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, of which I am a member of their Big Bend Chapter. We have benefits to raise money for ovarian cancer research & do outreach at events to help educate women as to the signs & symptoms of ovarian cancer. I know that Dianna did not have ovarian cancer, but I am a survivor of ovarian cancer (& breast cancer)... I am so sad that she was not able to join me as a survivor too. Rest in peace, Dianna, your 2 1/2 battle with cancer is over... :'(

Rod Schaffter
   Posted Thu March 16, 2017
I was so sad to hear this news. I have fond memories of Dianna, and she was a wonderful mother to her girls. Our prayers go put to Frank, Elizabeth and Marissa...

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