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Diane Bates
Diane Marie Schermerhorn Bates passed away on Wednesday, November 13 in Houston, TX. Born in Allentown, PA in 1961, she was the loving daughter of Richard and Louise Schermerhorn and devoted mother to Sarah (13) and Sophia (7). Diane graduated from Dieruff High School in 1979. She went on to Penn State University where she received her Bachelors Degree with high distinction in social welfare in 1983. In 1988, she earned her MSW with high distinction from the University of Texas. As a LCSW, Diane worked in most fields including geriatrics and hospice care. She was passionate in helping the less fortunate. Diane enjoyed reading, creative writing, playing the piano, singing in her church choir and was a devoted Penn State fan. She was a kind, thoughtful and humble spirit with an unmistakable and hearty laugh. Above all, her children and family were her greatest source of pride. Survivors: In addition to her parents; and children, Sarah and Sophia, and stepchildren, Kenneth and Ashley; Diane is survived by her siblings, Richard Schermerhorn (Susan), Nancy Moats (Simeon), Jane Eby (Glenn), David Schermerhorn, Carol Schermerhorn; eight nieces; two nephews; one great niece; two great nephews and numerous cousins. Services: Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held at St. Pauls Lutheran Church, 36 South Eighth St. in Allentown, on December 7 at 11 a.m. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sarah and Sophia Bates Education Fund c/o David Schermerhorn, PO Box 629, Swiftwater, PA 18370.

Published in Morning Call on Nov. 29, 2013
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