Diane Grace Blanchard Gehan passed away following a long illness, on June 26th at her home in Ocala, FL, surrounded by her loving family. She grew up in East Syracuse, NY and was a longtime resident of Liverpool, NY.
Diane was a member of the American Field Service, spending a semester in Sweden. While raising a family, she had a successful career in real estate. Later, joined with her husband, she ran her own company, Sonic Safety Service, which provided industrial safety training and equipment.
Diane was a consummate hostess who loved to bake and cook. Traditions were very important to her and food was a huge part of these life celebrations. One of her most endearing and enduring legacies is the cookbook she compiled for her family.
She enjoyed reading and her book club, and in healthier days, was an active member of her golf leagues.
She is survived by the love of her life and devoted husband of 60 years, Robert, and her children: Tracy Leu of Sudbury, MA, Shaun Gehan of Washington, DC and Kyle Gehan of Randolph, NJ; her children by marriage: Jay, Nicole, Gina and Susan; her grandchildren: Michael, Zack, Hannah, Megan, Nicole and Arianna, two brothers: Gerald and Richard Blanchard, and several nieces and nephews.
There will be a viewing on Tuesday, June 30th 4-6pm at Roberts Bruce Chapel West, 6241 SW State Rd. 200 Ocala. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kindred Hospice Foundation at www.kindredhf.org or at 3350 Riverwood Pkwy SE, Ste 1400, Atlanta, GA 30339.
Diane, your family raise their cups to you, wishing you love and peace.