Sister Diane fashioned her own path toward faithfulness, commitment and service and embraced serving the people of God in varied ways.
After graduating from St. Mary’s High School in Independence, Missouri, in 1955, she traveled to Omaha, Nebraska, to enter the Sisters of Mercy. Sister Diane received her bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the College of Saint Mary in Omaha in 1965 and her master’s degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Colorado in 1970.
For over 28 years, she taught high school chemistry starting at McAuley High School in Joplin, Missouri, for four years, St. Joseph High School for two years then Marycrest High School for four years, both in Denver, Colorado. For 23 years, she taught chemistry at Mullen High School also in Denver. Next she ministered as a chemistry instructor at College of St. Mary in Omaha, Nebraska for ten years.
Although extremely well educated and intelligent, Sister Diane was effective as a teacher because of her sincere interest in her students. In her spare time, Sister Diane enjoyed camping, reading science fiction, and listening to classical and jazz music. She played the piano, violin and trumpet. However, her greatest love was large dogs; particularly her Doberman Pinschersbshe had over the years: Miska, Maggie, Murphy and Merlot.