Diana Ruth Topalski
1953 - 2021
Yurs Funeral Home of Geneva
1771 W. State Street Geneva
Geneva, IL
Diana Ruth Topalski
Born: November 10, 1953
Died: October 1, 2021
Diana Ruth Topalski (née Williams) peacefully transitioned to new life on October 1, 2021, at the age of 67 with her daughter, Selena, and sister, Christine, by her side. Diana was the eldest of 9 children. She was born in Hinsdale, Illinois on November 10, 1953 to Norma Wagner (née Hinkle), and Louis (Bill) (Phyllis) Williams. She leaves behind her mother, father, loving husband, Hairi Topalski, lovely daughter, Selena (Anthony) Stloukal of St. Charles, IL, grandchildren, Brooke and Nicholas Stloukal, brother Daniel (the late Fran) Williams, sister Donna (Mike) Goolsby, sister Dorothy (Jim Ray) Davis, sister Darla Dillashaw, brother James Wagner, sister Christine (Carlos) Aragon, sister Brenda (Dan) Janssen, and brother Jeff (Evelyn) Williams, as well as many cherished nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, beloved aunts and cousins, and dear friends, including her best friend, Brenda Welch.
Diana was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Leroy and Marie Hinkle and Martha Jane Hinkle (née Sanders), paternal grandparents, Louis and Evelyn Williams, three uncles and a great nephew.
Diana attended the first three years of high school at Indiana Academy in Cicero, Indiana and then moved to Chicago where she graduated from Schurz High School in 1972. She worked at Bradley Printing Company for several years and then began a new career at Fermilab National Accelerator in Batavia, IL over 20 years ago.
Diana was always on the go and had so many talents. We never knew how she found the energy and strength to keep going the way she did every day. She enjoyed baking, especially her famous carrot cakes, and decorating special occasion cakes for family and friends, sewing, and arts and crafts. Her love of oldies music brought a smile to her face and a spring to her step. She could never pass up a sale or an opportunity to go shopping -- whether it was to the Dollar Tree, Walmart, Goodwill or a local garage sale -- she kept the local economy stimulated. She would always find something to buy, usually for someone else. Her greatest joy was taking care of others. No matter how rich or poor you were, she wanted to be sure you had what you needed and were always taken care of. Diana loved children and delighted in her role as Grandma and Auntie Diana. She always said that children warmed her heart, and she showed it.
Diana's philosophy was " NEVER GIVE UP. If it was broken, she fixed it! If you wanted something and couldn't find it, shed set out on a mission.... She loved to "save the day" and looked for opportunities to help everyone -- strangers included. She was a problem solver; she was feisty; and she was compassionate.
Diana was a breast cancer survivor and a fighter. Her husband, daughter, and grandchildren were her greatest motivations for living. She cared for her ill husband for many years, up until the time of her recent hospitalization and diagnosis with cholangiocarcinoma.
Visitation will be held at Yurs Funeral Home, 1771 W. State Street, Geneva, IL 60134 on Thursday, October 7, 2021 from 4-8pm. A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 8th at 11:00am, also at Yurs Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Big Hearts of Fox Valley, a nonprofit organization dedicated to brightening the lives of children whose families are experiencing financial hardship.
For more information, please call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles, 630-584-0060 or visit us at www.yursfuneralhomes.com

Published by Kane County Chronicle from Oct. 4 to Oct. 7, 2021.
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