KUREC - Dr. Dianne Suzanne (nee Quinn) Age 60, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away September 2, 2012 at Williamsburg Hospice House after a valiant and tenacious four-year battle with ovarian cancer. Dianne was born July 5, 1952 in Buffalo, NY to Theresa and the late James Quinn, Sr. She was the oldest of nine children. Her family consists of sisters Margaret, Theresa, Susan and Karen and brothers Michael, Patrick, Thomas and the late James, Jr. Dianne is survived by her devoted husband of 35 years, John, and the pride and joy of her life, her two loving children, Katherine "Katie" and Thomas "T.J." Dianne retired from the US Army Logistics Innovation Agency, Fort Belvoir, VA in 2010, having previously worked as a logistician at the Combined Arms Support Command, Fort Lee, VA and Joint Forces Command, Suffolk, VA. In addition, Dianne proudly served her country as a citizen soldier in the Army Reserve where she completed her military career having achieved the highest non-commissioned officer rank of Sergeant Major. In between juggling the responsibilities of a full time job, Army Reservist, wife and mother, Dianne earned her Bachelor's Degree from Virginia State University, a Master's Degree from Central Michigan University and her Doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University. After being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Dianne became an active and vocal advocate for ovarian cancer awareness working with the Kelly Weinberg Foundation, a cancer support group in Williamsburg, and Survivors Teaching Students, an outreach program for future doctors at VCU Medical School in Richmond, VA. Dianne also supported a number of cancer awareness events in Western NY. As Dianne requested, there will be no wake or formal funeral service. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Dianne's life at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell, NY, Wednesday, September 12 at noon. Those planning to attend are asked to contact Karen Quinn-Higgins at 674-2145 or Theresa Baggott at 823-0542. Dianne asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Coppers for a Cure, 74 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202.
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Published in the Buffalo News on Sept. 9, 2012