Diane Wallack: In Her Own Words
I, Diane Wallack, was born in Philadelphia. My mother had three sisters and one brother. I was very close to my aunts and am still close to the youngest sister, Marlene, and adored her late husband, Sid. My father was a character who would bet on anything which probably explains my love of casinos.
At 20, I married the boy I met when I was 15.
After that, I earned a Masters Degree in Education from Temple University and taught first grade and kindergarten in the same Philly school (Comly Elementary) for 30 years
Richy was born in 1961 and after that, we lived in California for a few years and Judi was born there.
My first marriage ended just shy of our 20th anniversary.
After that, I developed a great social life with my single lady friends. We traveled, went to dinner, shopped together, went to the theater, to movies etc..
Then, along came Herb whose young wife had passed away. After several years, he proposed marriage and I turned him down, not wanting to risk another non-permanent outcome. He persevered, though, and we were married in 1985 in a small ceremony that included my two children and his two - Elise and Michael.
A few years later, we were further blessed with three grandchildren. Joshua and Leah are from Needham, MA. and Tilly is from Glenside, PA. Of course, our three grandchildren are the brightest and most attractive people on the planet.
My most important goal was to create a successfully blended family.To help this along, we began a tradition to take all of them on vacation every year during the winter holidays. We’ve been on more than 25 of these trips now - we’ve traveled together to most of the Caribbean Islands, Hawaii, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Bahamas..... The strategy was VERY successful as our four children are now close friends.
Also, to nurture our big family unit, we built a beach house in Longport, New Jersey. I am happy to report that that house survived hurricane Sandy. During the summer months for the next 20 years, some or all of the kids visited on the weekends. At first, in Longport, we had diapers and bottles all over the place. Later, we had makeup, iPads and extra high school friends
I retired in 1994 when our son, Michael, had a terrible automobile accident. (He is 100% today.)
We bought a condo on Marco Island in 1996 and Herb retired in 2000. We joined the Temple in Marco and we have been snowbirds ever since. I am a lucky girl!
Relatives and friends are invited to graveside funeral services to be held on Sunday, Jan. 8th, at 11:30 am at Har Nebo Cemetery, 6061 Oxford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19149.
Services will also be shared virtually, via Zoom. (To dial in, please contact Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks at 1-800-622-6410 for information.)
Following the services, we will be sitting shiva and celebrating Diane's life at the home of her daughter - 508 Bridle Rd., Glenside, PA - on Sunday until 6pm and on Monday, Jan. 9th between 1:30 and 6.
In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution to Unite For Her (https://uniteforher.org/).