DIANE MURTHA
1953 - 2020
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DIANE FORTNA MURTHA  
It is with heartfelt sorrow, that we announce the death of Diane Fortna Murtha, 67, on August 1, 2020, suffering from an auto immune disorder that began in her young adult years, and most recently, cancer. Diane is survived by her husband, Michael Patrick Murtha Jr., who has been the love of her life since childhood. She is also survived by her mother, Dorothy Fortna, aunt, Margaretta Bolich, her brother Bob Fortna, and his wife, Lee Fortna, and her children, Christina Marie Unger, her husband Tom Unger, and grandchildren Olivia and Madeline Unger; and her son, Justin Fortna Murtha, his wife Meghan Murtha, and grandchildren Matthew and Penelope Murtha. After her birth in Fredericksburg VA, Diane was raised in Silver Spring MD, where she met her neighbor (and future husband) Mike, and discovered her passion for music. She graduated from West Virginia University, and began her career as a music educator teaching for a combined 21 years in Prince William and Fairfax counties VA, as well as inspiring many other students in private lessons. An accomplished musician, she played the violin in the Fairfax Symphony for 27 years, Manassas Symphony for 5 years, and other amateur string groups. A mass will be held on Saturday, August 8, 12 noon (picture viewing at 11:30 a.m.) at Saint John The Apostle Catholic Church in Leesburg VA, with a private burial service immediately thereafter. In respect for the health of all, we ask that only close friends and family members attend the Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to The Little Sisters of the Poor, www.littlesistersofthepoor.org.

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Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 7, 2020.
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August 9, 2020
I had the good fortune to play with Diane on several occasions. She was always so friendly and ready with a beautiful smile! I would like to send my condolences to Diane's family- she was a talented musician and lovely soul.
Karen Chisholm
Coworker
August 9, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. She was a very important friend and coworker to me early in my teaching career, when we taught area orchestra together. My deepest condolences to Diane’s family.
Francesca Fitzgerald
Coworker
August 8, 2020
I am so sad to learn of Diane's passing. Diane was my Fairfax Symphony rehearsal buddy, one of my feeder elementary school teachers in the Oakton High School/Franklin Middle School pyramid, private teacher to many of my students and dear friend. While there were sometimes long interludes of not seeing each other, we always picked up right where we left off with our friendship, sharing stories of our children and other life adventures. Diane was always so full of joy. She always saw the positive in everyone and in every situation! Sending my love and offering my condolences to Mike, Christina and Justin.
Anne Rupert
Friend
August 8, 2020
I am so sad to hear that Diane has passed. She was a colleague of mine for many years, and I have fond memories of working with her in the Centreville Area Orchestra, sharing teaching ideas, and always seeing her smiling face at the fine arts inservices. She had a beautiful soul and was a joy to be around. I will greatly miss her and all my love goes out to her family.
Carolyn Bonanno
Coworker
August 8, 2020
We are so sorry to learn of Diane's passing. We offer our condolences to Mike and the whole family. We remember Diane as happy and cheerful, gracious and generous, and talented; a wonderful person. She left this earthly life much too soon, and she will be missed. Gordon & Elsie
Gordon Tillery
Friend
August 7, 2020
I’m sadden to hear of the passing of Diane. I went to elementary on up to high school with not only Diane but w Mike also. So nice to read she was so talented in music. My condolences to the Murtha family. And from the Class of 71 also.
Btenda Coffman Graninger
Classmate
August 7, 2020
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August 6, 2020
Diane was such an inspirational person, both in her violin playing and in her can-do attitude about everything. We will all really miss her in our Friends & Family Chamber Orchestra and in our life. What a precious person!
Ginny & Wayne Taylor
Friend
August 5, 2020
So sorry to hear of my dear friend's passing. Diane and I played in the Fairfax Symphony together for years, and later, the Manassas Symphony. I am happy that she's at peace and with God forever. My condolences to her family. <br />Jo
Diane and I were friends for years. We both played violin in the Fairfax Symphony, and later, the Manassas Symphony Orchestra. She was a wonderful person, and I'll miss her. I'm happy that she's at peace and with God. My condolences to her kind family.
Joan Lunsford
Friend
August 5, 2020
I am so blessed to have known Diane, as a fellow violinist in the Manassas Symphony Orchestra. What a lovely person! I will always remember her smile, her generous spirit, her laugh, and her beautiful playing. While we have missed Diane and Mike since they left the board, they are always close to our hearts. Sending virtual hugs and prayers to Mike and the family. May you all find some comfort in sharing your favorite memories of Diane and in celebrating her life - a life too short. We will miss her so very much.
Anne Sullivan
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