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Ledvina; Diane Marie

Posted By Obits On March 13, 2012 @ 11:41 am In Obituaries | 31 Comments


Ledvina – Diane Marie, 62 , of Western Head, Queens County, passed away peacefully Monday, March 12th, 2012 in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool N.S. after a long battle with cancer.

Born in Salamanca, New York , she was the daughter of Lucille (Riley) Carley and the late Joseph A. Carley

After graduating from Cornell University with a BS degree in Animal Science, she spent six months working as a lab technician in Alaska. Upon returning to the Ithaca area, she met and married her husband Tim. Diane was a records specialist for Dairy One in Ithaca, NY for over thirty years. She was president of the local Farm Bureau chapter and secretary treasurer of the Holstein Club. She had a life long love of animals having raised horses, cows, miniature donkeys, as well keeping numerous dogs and cats.

In fall, 2005 Diane moved to Liverpool to begin a love affair with the area and its people, as well as overseeing the construction of their retirement home while Tim continued to work.  She made many lasting friends and embraced the Liverpool community.  She did volunteer work for the Queens General Hospital, the Queens Food Bank and Thomas Raddall Library up until her illness. She travelled back to the States until she became a permanent resident and then for medical treatment in Buffalo, NY.  She always felt at peace when she returned to Liverpool as this is where her heart was.

She is survived by her husband Tim, mother Lucille of Salamanca, N.Y., sisters Joanne (James) Shernesky, Auburn, N.Y., Carol (Ned) Armstrong of Falconer, N.Y., Cathy Kuhaneck of Little Valley, N.Y. and brother David (Peggy) of Penfield, N.Y.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool where visitation will be Thursday, March 15th, 2012 from 6 until 8 p.m.. Funeral service will be Friday, March 16th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, Liverpool. Father Brian Murphy officiating. No flowers by request, donations may be made to St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, Queens SPCA or the Food Bank. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com


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Condolence from Elizabeth Aucoin on March 13th, 2012 12:44 pm

Diane was a lovely person, genuine and cheerful, and we will miss her. God bless and watch over you Tim. Love from Allan and Liz Aucoin

Condolence from Anne Peverill on March 13th, 2012 1:14 pm

Tim, I am so very to read of Diane’s passing. My most sincere condolences to you and the family.

Condolence from Allan&Beth LaRocque on March 13th, 2012 1:21 pm

Tim, we are so sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. She was a great lady and we enjoyed our talks with her. We shall miss her very much. We are thinking of you and if we can help, please let us know.

Condolence from sandra lowe on March 13th, 2012 2:08 pm

mr. ledvina,
please accept my condolences on the passing of your wife.
she was always very nice to me whenever i delivered a parcel to your home.
you and heidi were blessed.

Condolence from Pamela Ditchoff on March 13th, 2012 3:01 pm

Dear Tim,
My thoughts are with you, for a long while to come. Diane was a warrior and you fought that battle right alongside her. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help in the days and weeks to come. . . Paul and I are right down the road.

Condolence from Kevin and Crystal Traynor on March 13th, 2012 4:52 pm

Dear Tim,
We are so sad to hear of the passing of Diane. She was such a beautiful person and will be missed by many. May God watch over you and help you through this difficult time. God Bless.

Condolence from Marilyn Whynot (drugstore pharmacy) on March 13th, 2012 5:27 pm

To Diane’s family -so very sorry to hear of her passing !My thoughts are with you at this sad and difficult time !!

Condolence from Cookie Trainor on March 13th, 2012 5:39 pm

Dear Tim.
So sorry to hear about Diane. She was a lovely lady and loved it here very much. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know. Cookie

Condolence from Tim McDonald on March 13th, 2012 7:39 pm

It is with great sadness that I offer my sincere condolences to Diane’s family. I had the pleasure of meeting her while working at Memory Lane and I totally enjoyed her visits to the shop and the conversations that we had. She was an awesome person and I am so pleased I had the priviledge of meeting her. May you find strength in the days to come.

Condolence from Debbie & Andy on March 14th, 2012 5:18 am

Tim: We are thinking of you at this sad time….Our thoughts are with you and your family

Condolence from Jean Strum on March 14th, 2012 1:51 pm

Dear Tim:
I am so sorry to read about your loss. Although I did not know Diane I know she will be greatly missed. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Try to remember the goods times, it really does help. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you at this difficult time.
Jean Strum

Condolence from Doris Taylor on March 14th, 2012 4:28 pm

Dear Tim.& Family.
Diane was a wonderful lady and a friend to many she is finally at peace.
My thoughts are with you .
Doris Taylor

Condolence from Tom & Suzanne Marsh on March 14th, 2012 5:51 pm

Mere words cannot express our heartfelt sympathy to Tim and the Carley Family. May God’s perpetual light shine upon you all. Rest in Peace Diane. Tom & Suzanne

Condolence from Katie Ledvina on March 14th, 2012 7:28 pm

I am so sad to hear that Diane died. She was a wonderful, warm person. I will forever think of her when I see miniature donkeys or think about the Finger Lakes. She fought very hard and I hope she finds peace and comfort in heaven. May your memories of her build a bridge to peace in your hearts.

Condolence from Peggie DeMarco on March 15th, 2012 5:14 am

Lou and I are so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Diane. Just watched the video – what a loving tribute. Thanks for sharing snapshots of the things she loved: family, friends, places, and pets, and most especially, you.

Condolence from Dawn and Bernard Hanley on March 15th, 2012 5:18 am

Tim, We’re so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. She was
a very lovely lady.

Condolence from John & Joan George on March 15th, 2012 6:43 am

Dear Tim,
We know Diane fought a great battle and we’re soo sorry for your loss. She was such a special person. Our visit to Nova Scotia was much more enjoyable with her assistance. (Thanks for including us in the video.) We’ll continue to keep the whole family in our prayers.

Condolence from Jane Payzant on March 15th, 2012 8:52 am

Please except our deepest sympathy. It was always a pleasure to see Diane on the alter. She will be missed.
Jane and Roy

Condolence from Tom McDonough on March 15th, 2012 1:17 pm

Dear Tim,

My Dianne and I offer our deepest condolences to you. There are no words that can truly express how sorry we are for your loss and how we wish we could be there personally to tell you we care.
I hope you will come back to greater Cleveland and we can see you.
Tom McDonough

Condolence from JeanBlades on March 15th, 2012 2:18 pm

it is unfortunate that Diane just was able to stay with us long enough to make us all fall in love with her. Even in her short years with us, she made such a positive impact and will be greatly missed. Sincere sympathies to Tim and family.

Condolence from Mark Herlson & Susie Irvine on March 15th, 2012 4:59 pm

David called last night to tell us about Diane’s passing. Both Mark and I have fond memories of Diane and the times we shared with a few glasses of wine, lobster, and good times. We will miss her much but look forward to spending time with you. Take care and know you are in our thoughts and prayers. The video was breath taking.
Susie and Mark

Condolence from Julie Armstrong on March 15th, 2012 10:08 pm

Aunt Diane was a strong, brave, loving soul who will always have a special place in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you Uncle Tim, as I hope you find solace knowing Aunt Diane is in a peaceful place.

To my favorite Aunt: I will not say good bye, only so long for now… until we meet again.


Condolence from Sharon & Rich Jaenson on March 16th, 2012 9:58 am

Having worked and known Diane for almsot 30 years, we have many fond memories of our friend Diane and she will surely be missed. I’m so glad we visited last September and enjoyed the Nova Scotia Tim and Diane love. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tim and Diane’s family. Rest in peace my friend until we meet again!

Condolence from Jordan & Bella Oickle on March 17th, 2012 10:42 am

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Tim and their family on their loss.. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. May she R.I.P.

Condolence from Colleen & John Wallenhorst on March 18th, 2012 5:21 pm

Uncle Timmy, We are so sorry to hear that you lost your best friend !
We always remember her with fond memories. Thinking of you often and keeping you in our daily prayer’s Take care !

Condolence from Becky Martin on March 19th, 2012 12:22 pm

I am so sorry to hear about Diane. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
I hope she behaves up there with my dad:-) The two of them is quite the team.
Please know that I will always have a special place in my heart for Diane. She touched all of us.

Condolence from Patrick Mangan on March 20th, 2012 10:46 pm

Few days have past. Pain same? Memories sweeten. I am sure you are thankful to have such a wonderful person in your life. Truely when I think about her disposistion is what I will remember and hope to be more like.?>?
My families deepest sympathies.

Condolence from Vernon & Joyce Hawkes on March 24th, 2012 7:09 am

Tim, so sorry for your loss.
Loved seeing her in church, she was a great lady.
We miss her.
God Bless

Condolence from Donald and Diane White on March 26th, 2012 5:24 am

So sorry to hear the sad news, our thoughts are with you.

Condolence from Linda Wolpert on November 6th, 2012 2:03 pm

I knew Diane back at Cornell University some 40+ years ago, where we both lived at Phillips House. What a fabulous and special person she was.

Condolence from Carolyn Sarbello on November 6th, 2012 6:27 pm

Just heard of Diane’s passing. She was my roommate at Phillips House my senior year at Cornell. I remember when her gerbil ate (or shredded for nest material -I don’t remember which) her blouse. I have so many fond memories from so many years ago. My sympathy goes out to her family and friends.

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