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.