Diane Marie Menapace (1946 - 2017)

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Diana Marie Menapace passed
away on December 26, 2017. Diana
was born on December 22, 1946 in
Denver, CO to Donald Neithercut
and Jeanne Watson Neithercut
who passed away in 1951. Donald
remarried Laurabel Hess who
lovingly raised Diana. After
graduating from Wheatridge HS in
1965, Diana received a Bachelor and Masters
Degree in Microbiology from Colorado State
University. Before beginning her career at
the Forest Service, Diana did research on
Bovine Bluetongue at the Federal Center. She
then moved to Laramie WY to do research
at the ARS Honeybee Research Lab where
she was the first scientist to discover the
invasive intestinal Mite that resulted in
many significant scientific publications on
the Colony collapse of the Honeybees in our
country. Diana then moved to the Regional
Office of the Forest Service in Lakewood CO.
In the RO, Diana worked in the Planning
Department as a National Environmental
Policy Act Specialist reviewing, editing, and
ensuring compliance of environmental
documents, categorical exclusions, and
assessments. She also provided support
for the Appeals and Litigation department.
She served as the Region's National
Environmental Policy Act Coordinator and
had a vast knowledge and background in
making sure that the important requirements
of NEPA documentation and disclosure
were done properly. She was instrumental
in compiling a complete NEPA Library
that was available online for others to
follow, establishing standards for quality
and content, and teaching
documentation standards. In
addition to her work in the Rocky
Mountain Region, Diana undertook
key roles in Environmental Impact
statements supporting the Herger-
Feinstein Quincy Library Group
Forest Recovery Act on behalf of
the Plumas, Lassen, and Tahoe National
Forests. She was also an integral part of the
Roadless plan and instigation. Diana worked
in the Region from 1990 until 2007 when she
retired. Diana was an accomplished Classical
Pianist and loved feeding and watching birds
at home and internationally. She loved her
many pets, both Dogs and Cats. She was an
active scrapbooker who loved compiling
memories of her Grandchildren, Family, and
Travels. Diana was very active at Wheatridge
United Methodist Church, including playing
in the Bell Choir and as a member of WRMC
Finance Board. Diana is preceded in death
by her Parents, and her Brothers, Larry and
Douglas Neithercut. Diana is survived by
her husband David, Son Darin and Daughter
Danielle, Grandchildren Ava, Logan, and
Lana, her Brother Loren Neithercut (spouse
Victoria Schleyer), Sister-in-Law Caroline
Quine Neithercut, and Nieces Hazel and Pearl
Neithercut. A Memorial service for Diana will
be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the
Wheatridge United Methodist Church at 1pm.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making
a donation in Diana's honor to the Rocky
Mountaineers Memorial Grove Fund, a Nonprofit
501(C)(3) at www.rockymountaineers.us
Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Jan. 31 to Feb. 28, 2018