OBITUARY

Diane M. Garrapy

June 5, 1963November 2, 2019

On Saturday, November 2, 2019, surrounded by the love and support of her family, Diane M. Garrapy, 56, of Keene, passed away peacefully at her home, following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born June 5, 1963 in Keene the daughter of Paul and Ramona (Tracy) Wilcox. She was a 1981 graduate of Keene High School and went on to earn an Associate’s Degree from Greenfield Community College. For many years Diane worked as an early childhood educator at the Keene YMCA. Later she owned and operated consignment stores, Kidschange and then BeginAgain in Keene.

Diane was a very kind and compassionate person who opened her heart and and her home to many people throughout the years. For nearly two decades she shared her life with her David Garrapy. The couple combined their families and also opened their home to Chad Odle, who came into their family through connections with Monadnock Developmental Services.

Everyone who came to know Diane was welcomed as a part of the family and she loved to open her home to entertain friends. Game nights were filled with laughter and memories and there was always good food to enjoy, especially when she made her famous mac and cheese. She always knew how to make everyone feel at home and was always ready to throw the best celebrations.

Diane loved to be near the water; whether at the pool, ocean or the lake, she would spend hours soaking up the sun, fishing, swimming and just enjoying the beauty that surrounded her. While she was near the water’s edge she would always take time to look for uniquely shaped stones and rocks. She was looking for hearts. As the years went on her collection grew and friends would even send her photos of those that they had found.

Perhaps her love of family and community was rooted in the work that she and her sister did, during the summers of their youth and into their adulthood at the “snack shack” at Wheelock Park. Her father bought the business when they were teens and it remained in the family for decades.

Diane is survived by her husband, David; her daughter Angelika Wilkerson and her fiancé Chris Martin; her stepsons, Colby Garrapy and his wife Megan and Kyle Garrapy; her mother Ramona Wilcox; her grandchildren, Gwen and Grayson Garrapy; her sister, Debra Wilcox; her mother-in-law, Marie Garrapy and several extended family members, including lifelong best friend Colleen Laporte and her husband Jim. She is also survived by her dear friend, previous spouse and the father of her daughter, Rickey Wilkerson. She is predeceased by her father and her father-in-law, Pete Garrapy.

Calling hours in celebration of Diane’s life will be held at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court St. Keene, NH on Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 3 to 6pm. Burial and accompanying service in the Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Ave, Keene, NH will take place at a later time. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, c/o DH Development Office Attention Gift Recording 1 Medical Center Drive Lebanon NH 03756 Checks should be made payable to: Dartmouth Hitchcock Health. Please note Diane or Angelika’s name on donations.

Services

  • Calling Hours Sunday, November 10, 2019

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Jerome McDougle

November 10, 2019

So sorry to hear of Diane's passing !! May she rest in peace ! Jerry McDougle

Kim Dowd Benouski

November 9, 2019

Diane was a kind person with a big heart, always reaching out to those in need.

I was a regular customer of hers from when she opened her first store, Kid’s Change, visiting weekly and talking about everything from our families to the educational system. Through well over a decade she watched my kids grow. I never could step in there without reserving an hour of chat time. I met most of family and those she called family as they were always at the store, I got to teach her daughter, and she helped several struggling moms I sent her way for clothes. I thought it was strange how many connections of people we had, only to realize it was because she was always reaching out to so many.

She was always giving, always caring. When I lost my husband, she had an outpouring of kindness, and we talked about all of our joys and sorrows through the years. She always had such an amazing attitude about everything, right down to when she had to give up her second store in order to prepare for treatment.

The world has lost a beautiful being, but heaven could not have a more deserving angel.

Jane Fecto

November 8, 2019

David, Angelika, Mona, Deb & Chad:

Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Diane/your mom. Such a beautiful person with a heart of gold. We truly hope that the hundreds of beautiful memories that you shared will help bring peace and comfort to you all. Her love lives on in your hearts.

We love you - and are here for you always.
Terry and Jane

Wendy Dittrich

November 7, 2019

Wilber, Wilcox, Wilder, that's how it went, from Jr high on. We lined up in alphabetical order and became fast friends. Everyone who knew Diane, knows this is how she was, quick to make friends and had immeasurable love to give. We spent some of the best times of our lives together sharing clothes, homework, on crazy fad diets, sunbathing, gossiping, drive in movies and so much more. I'm sure that just being around her made me a better person. I was always so proud of the successes she had and the work she did for her family and community. As the years passed and the miles between us grew, I'm glad we never lost touch. So until we meet again my friend, in my mind, you will keep smiling that radiant smile, finding hearts and doing the Burger Chef dance! I love you.

Debi Ellis-Nailor

November 5, 2019

What a incredible privilege to be considered her friend, welcomed into her family and to witness the dedication of her circle of friends. I will forever miss her sudden song lyrics and to be included in the choir. When she spoke, every detail of what she cherished was described in detail. Our “front porch conversations” of how everyone should feel they belong will never be forgotten. Nothing but positive throughout her journey, she would find the heart in everything she saw and in everyone she met. My heart goes out to David, Angelika & Chris- Mimi & Debbie & Chad and her sons she spoke so fondly of. She was the best of the best and will be in my heart forever♥️ Debi the Nurse

Cindy Seifer

November 4, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with Diane's family and friends in Keene. She loved all of you so much. Words cannot express how much I'm going to miss my dear sweet friend -- the long phone calls, her wonderful laugh, hearing her say, "Hey Girlfriend!!"

She fought a long, hard battle with dignity and grace and will be remembered forever.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY