Diana M. Kizis, 72, of Middlesex, N.J., passed away peacefully June 6, 2014, in the comfort of her home with her loving family after a courageous and valiant year-long battle against lung cancer.
She was born Aug. 7, 1941 in Exeter, the daughter of the late John B. and Rose (Panunti) Tosi. She was a graduate of Exeter High School (1959) and Wilkes-Barre Business College.
Diana has lived in her current home in Middlesex since 1965, where she raised her family. Diana was a nurturer, who devoted her life to all her family, a consummate homemaker and mother to her four lovely daughters, and a role model to her six grandchildren who she cherished dearly. She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church in Middlesex. She was active in her daughter's schools and a Girl Scout leader early on, and later became co-owner of Evelyn's Crafts in Green Brook, N.J., in the 1970s and 80s.
Subsequently she worked in the customer service departments of Tumi and John Wiley & Sons. As dedicated as she was to her own family, over the years Diana touched many people by her caring and sharing, not only as a friend but also as a confidante, a communicator, someone whose common sense and sense of humor prevailed to the very end.
She is survived by her husband, Robert S., at home; daughters, Lynne M. Kizis, Esq., Manasquan, N.J.; Laura R. Kizis, Hillsborough, N.J.; Suzanne Kizis, Middlesex, N.J.; and Pamela Curran and her husband, Michael, Cherry Hill, N.J. She is also survived by her six awesome grandchildren, who not only made her very proud by gave her joy and pleasure everyday. Grandchildren include Joseph, Michael and Olivia DeLorenzo, Hillsborough, N.J.; and Andrew, Ryan and Brendan Curran, Cherry Hill, N.J.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, John J. Tosi, in 2008.
There will be two visitations. Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Bridgewater Funeral Home, 707 E. Main St., Bridgewater, N.J., from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The second visitation will be at the Kizis-Lokuta Funeral Home, 134 Church St., Pittston, from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial in St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 William St., Pittston, at 9:30 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Peter Tomczak officiating. Those attending Mass are asked to go directly to the church Thursday morning. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Diocesan Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation in Diana's name to the nonprofit Community Care Hospice, 110 W. End Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876 or to a