Condolence & Memory Journal

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Like many, I came to know Diana through her work with the Rotary Club of Westfield. She would pass my office on her way to the weekly Rotary meetings and always had a pleasant hello and smile to share. Diana was always giving back to the community - from her good works at Rotary functions to playing music in Mindowaskin Park to helping out at the Red Cross station during super storm Sandy. A grand lady who just had a habit of quietly doing good things for others. We need more Diana's in this world. Rest in peace Diana and condolences to her family.

Posted by Kathy Dawson - Westfield, NJ - acquaintance   October 18, 2020

For several years Diana Taylor drove me to and from our Rotary meetings at the Westfield YMCA. We always had a fun chat about family and her favorite occupation the band and somethimes about her experiences as a school nurse on those short trips. Who could have guessed our worlds would change so much in such a short time. Diana will be missed.

Posted by Phil Richardson - Westfield, NJ - friend   August 10, 2020

I got to know Diana through the Rotary Club and enjoyed the conversations we had. I recall seeing her at the SAR/ Community Band July 4 concerts but didn’t know her then. I was member of a group of retired men who met for breakfast every other Thursday at the Rustic Mill and often she would be there with friends and we would chat for a short time. What a wonderful lady she was!

Posted by Chris Beck - Scotch Plains, NJ - friend   August 08, 2020

It was a true pleasure to get to know Diana through Rotary. Her dedication was impressive, and her kindness even more so. She will be sorely missed. My condolences go out to her family and friends.

Posted by Blake Width - friend   August 07, 2020

I've known Diana for over 30 years -- she played the big bass drum in the Westfield Community Band -- here is one of my favorite photos of her that I took -- she always had a smile! She really gave back to the community in so many ways -- she played in 2 community Bands, was active in the Rotary, and I recollect her volunteering at a shelter in Cranford in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. She often spoke of her years as a nurse (during WWII) and a social worker. She loved dogs and had adopted several from shelters. My condolences to her children and grandchildren. Diana will truly be missed by many.

Posted by Marilyn Holda-Fleck - Westfield - friend   August 07, 2020

I met Diane years ago while soliciting for mortgage business. Sweet lady. Very big hearted. She was very proud of her son and daughter. Sad to hear she passed.

Posted by Jay Carldon - Westfield, NJ - friend   August 05, 2020

Diana was always so up beat and positive. The first woman to join the Westfield Rotary Club in 1988. She was the second longest member in Rotary.

Posted by Bill Bonsall - westfield, NJ - friend   August 04, 2020

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A wonderful woman always with a cheerful smile and attitude.I had the pleasure of knowing her through the Westfield Rotary.I enjoyed our conversations.She will be missed.

Posted by Tony LaPorta - Westfield, NJ - Friend   August 04, 2020

A nice woman. I only knew her briefly, but she was very interesting. I am sorry for your loss.

Posted by Rothbaum Peggy - Westfield, NJ - acquaintance   August 04, 2020

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Posted by Thomas Cunniff - Westfield, NJ - acquaintance   August 04, 2020

Diana was a dedicated Rotarian She wore many hats & embraced them all with the same defication

Posted by Mary Ellen O'Boyle - Westfield, NJ - Friend   August 04, 2020

Diana was a Rotarian and proud that she was one of the first women to join. She was always smiling and I enjoyed getting to know her. She loved playing in the Community Band and was very proud to be a WWII veteran. She was such an extraordinary person - our club grieves losing her. Thank you Diana for always living up to "Service Above Self." You set such a good example for all Rotarians. Your smile and presence will be sorely missed.

Posted by Liz Ensslin - Westfield, NJ - friend   August 04, 2020

I have gotten to know Diana well over the last 10 years. She was very proud about being a rotarian, nurse, and of course a drummer in the community band! She will be missed.

Posted by Jayson Astel - Westfield, NJ - friend   August 04, 2020

Diana will remain a wonderful memory of Westfield and Rotary. It was an honor and a privilage to know her. She will be missed.

Posted by Maggie Subhas - Westfield, NJ - friend   August 04, 2020

Please see former entry about how Diana was active in the Rotary Club of Westfield, and how much she was loved and admired.

Posted by Michael Hart - Westfield, NJ - friend   August 04, 2020

Diana was one of the first women to join the Rotary Club of Westfield. She joined on Sept 1, 1988, and has been active ever since. Rotary had just changed their policy in 1988, and decided to admit women. Her daughter Karen joined first, then sponsored her mom. Diana was a wonderful person, very altruistic and dedicated to the Rotary Club. She had perfect attendance up to recently, and participated in many of the club projects and fundraisers which benefited the community. Diana was also active in the Community Band, which the Rotary Club helped support. She was very highly thought of, and had many friends in the club. The club honored Diana with the Rotarian of the Year Award in 2009, and also a Paul Harris Fellow. She will be missed.

Posted by Michael Hart - Westfield, NJ - friend   August 04, 2020

Karen: it seems like yesterday that I saw you and your mom...and it was 40 years ago. There is nothing in the world like losing a mom; I’m so very sorry. Laura, Manhattan

Posted by Laura Swicker Barber - Acquaintance   July 31, 2020

Karen: it seems like yesterday that I saw you and your mom...and it was 40 years ago. There is nothing in the world like losing a mom; I’m so very sorry. Laura, Manhattan

Posted by Laura Swicker Barber - Acquaintance   July 31, 2020