Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park

6300 West William Cannon Drive, Austin, TX


Diane Devitt Kushner

19 December, 193818 May, 2020

Diane Devitt Kushner passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, May 18, 2020 at her home in Austin, Texas. Born on December 19, 1938 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Herbert and June Bement, Diane attended the Summit School, Mount Holyoke College and the Universoty on Minnesota, majoring in psychology and French. After working in St. Paul as a social worker for many years, she met and married Robert (Bob) Devitt in 1968 and together they had three children. The family moved to Austin in 1984. Diane was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She befriended everyone she met and was known for her compassionate nature, love of animals, and wonderful sense of humor, which kept her laughing despite some health challenges later in life. Diane was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Bob. She is survived by her children Robert Devitt, Carolyn and husband Brian DeRoeck, Tom and wife Susan Devitt; grandchildren Jack and Grant DeRoeck, Hattie, Robert and William Devitt. She is also survived by her husband of 9 years, Jack Kushner, as well as Jack’s son Kevin, wife Brittany and their children Alexander, Madison, and Cassandra. Many loving extended family members and friends will miss Diane dearly, as will her cherished dogs Cuddles and Sam. In keeping with her wishes, a family service will be held at a later date. Any memorial contributions may be made to the Rise School of Austin https://www.riseschoolaustin.org/ or the Austin Humane Society http://www.austinhumanesociety.org/.


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Sandi Dunn

21 May 2020

Diane was my first friend when we were transferred to Austin from Minnesota in 1985. She helped me get involved in different things and was always there to listen. My husband Leo worked with Diane’s husband at that time.
We will both miss her terribly! Her precious smile, beautiful blue eyes, and her compassion can never be replaced.

Sandi and Leo Dunn