Diane Minott, 62, of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014. The cause of death was a gleo blastoma brain tumor and cancer which she battled for the past 2 years.
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Diane was born in Greenfield, Mass., to Robert Minott and Janet (Mushovic) Minott. She graduated from Greenfield High School in the Class of 1969 and later from New England College in Henniker, N.H., in the field of sociology/psychology.
Diane was an avid athlete and played high school field hockey and tennis and continued with field hockey and softball at the collegiate level. She was also an accomplished downhill and cross country skier refining her skills throughout New England, Canada and Colorado.
Beginning in the mid-1970's and into the 1980's she competed in the Canadian Cross Country Ski Marathon in the Ottawa area and continued to enjoy both cross country and downhill skiing until recent years when she took up golf and other warm-weather sports. She played women's and co-ed softball in New Hampshire and Fort Collins and enjoyed lasting friendships on both teams. She was an avid baseball and football fan, forever rooting for the Red Sox and Patriots first and Rockies and Broncos second.
Diane began her career working with autistic children at Spaulding Youth Center in Tilton, N.H., she continued in the psychology field working both in New Hampshire and Colorado, which she relocated to in the mid-1980's. For the past decade, she worked at Citizen Printing Company in Fort Collins. Being born a Minott and 4th generation printer, she was happy to be re-acquainted with the printing industry that felt like home.
Diane was predeceased by her parents and leaves sisters, Jacqueline Foley (married to Frank) and Robin Welenc (married to Michael); nephews, Christopher Welenc and Matthew Welenc; also cousins on both the Mushovic and Minott side. Diane also leaves friends across the country and specifically in Fort Collins and the Tilton, N.H. area.
As per Diane's request, there will be no formal services.
An informal memorial reception will take place at the home of Robin and Michael Welenc, 608 East Elizabeth St., Fort Collins, Colo., from 10 a.m. until noon on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
Diane also requested in lieu of flowers or donations, please go enjoy a Rockies or Foxes baseball game with family or friends.
Friends may send condolences to the family at: bohlenderfuneralchapel.com.
Published in The Recorder on Apr. 19, 2014