Diana Gayle Carpenter
June 14, 1947 – April 14, 2020
Diana Gayle Carpenter passed away peacefully on April 14, 2020 at the age of 72. She was born to Milton and Alice Onken in Cuero, Texas, but her destiny lay in San Antonio, where she lived the rest of her life. She attended St. Cecilia’s Catholic School and graduated from St. Gerard’s Catholic High School in 1965. Not satisfied with a diploma, she graduated from UTSA and later earned her master’s degree in Theology from the Oblate School of Theology. For over 35 years, Diana had a very successful career working in the Archdiocese of San Antonio at a number of parishes and Catholic Schools. She brought her administrative skills to St. Pius X, Our Lady of Grace, Blessed Sacrament, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parishes, where she held numerous positions which included Director of Religious Education and Pastoral Assistant. She is remembered for her work with various parish organizations such as RCIA, ACTS, and many young adult and youth groups. Diana loved to organize vacation bible schools, family retreats, and celebrations in each of these parishes. She was also a teacher of numerous subjects, including religion, at St. Pius X, Antonian College Preparatory, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Diana’s proudest achievements, however, are her three sons, whom she helped shape and form into the responsible men they have become. All of her sons attended St. Pius X Catholic School and graduated from St. Anthony Catholic High School. She was always involved in each of her son’s sporting activities, continually attending games or dropping off and picking up from practice. She even found time to coach a few soccer teams. Even though Diana worked at other parishes in San Antonio, she always considered her home parish to be St. Pius X. Diana and her family joined the parish in 1976, and as a family, the Carpenters’ lives revolved around the school and parish activities. Pot luck dinners, family celebration nights during the summer, spaghetti dinners, youth group dances, family retreats, annual arts and crafts festivals, and serving the parish as altar servers are some of the things that Diana thought were important for instilling a sense of community and service in her beloved boys. More importantly, especially to her boys and those who knew and loved her, Diana was a beautiful, kind, and honest human being. Her smile would light up a room. She will be remembered as a strong and loving mother, beloved Grandmother, loyal friend, and a devout Catholic. Diana was preceded in death by her parents Milton and Alice Onken. She is survived by three sons, Jeff (Patty), Brian, and Chris (Vanessa). She is also survived by four grandchildren, Garrett, Emily, Kaleigh, and Brianna. Her brother, David Onken (Judy) and her nephews Price and Reed also survive her. Her family is eternally grateful to the staffs at Adante Senior Living - Independent and Assisted Living, Poet’s Walk, and Generous Home Care for lovingly and tenderly caring for Diana over the past two and half years. Due to the limitations and restrictions of the current COVID-19 pandemic, funeral services will be private. A celebration of Diana's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, https://act.alz.org/site/Donation.
Friday, April 17, 2020
Diana Gayle Carpenter
August 30, 2020
MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO THE WHOLE FAMILY WE HERE AT POET'S WALK WILL MISS U MUCH DIANA R.I.P
April 22, 2020
My deepest condolences to Diana's family, may she rest in Peace.
I served with Diana on many ACTS retreats and of all my memories of her was when she taught me about the Memorare
Prayer and told how it was her favorite prayer to our Blessed Mother. She will live forever in my heart, what a wonderful blessing to have called her my sister in Christ.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that any one who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help
or sought thy intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
We fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins my Mother;
to thee do we come, before thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful;
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not our petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer them.
The Zerda Family
April 21, 2020
Our sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother. We will charish the memories of her sweet, beautiful, and unforgettable presence. Our prayers are with you and your entire family during this time.
April 21, 2020
Wish to extend to the family of Diana Carpenter our sincere sympathy in her passing. Her love of family was evidenced in her sons especially during the Christmas Eve mass! It was at that time that they would accompany Diana with their children for the tradition of celebration as a family! Praying for God's comfort & grace during the times that you miss her and for our shared faith in the resurrection.
Mr. & Mrs. Rudy Esparza Sr. & Family
April 21, 2020
I've enjoyed Diana since our high school days. She was good company, with a ready smile and conversation, and a willingness to help with what was at hand. She loved easily, starting with her love for her parents and family. She was fun and a very good friend. Her life was one of service and education, always connected with her relationship with God and God's people. It was fitting that she die on Easter Tuesday, in a season that celebrated life, and life with God. May she now enjoy untold exuberance. Her sons have been a witness of their love for their mother, especially in these difficult last 5 years. Blessings to them.
Marcy Niemeier (Rihn)
April 21, 2020
Diana was such a c!ose friend! Time would go by, then we would see each other and we could pick up like we'd seen each other yesterday! Love and prayers to David and Judy and sons.
Jeff, Brian and Christopher and families, my love prayers and kind thoughts to each of you. Your mom was very proud of you and I'm sure you now have a personal Angel in heaven!
My love to all!
April 20, 2020
I am saddened to hear of Diane’s passing and am praying for peace and comfort for her family. I had the honor of serving with Diane on ACTS retreats at St. Jerome Catholic Church. I will always remember her servant heart and her genuine compassion for others. May Diane Rest In Peace.
April 19, 2020
We were sorry to here of Diana's passing. She was a very kind and caring woman. We knew her from St. Gerard High School and later from St Pius Parish. Please accept our sincere sympathy and our thoughts and prayers for the family.
Ursula and Mike Cobb
April 17, 2020
Diana you were more like a sister to me than a sister-in law. I am sorry for your son's loss. That you had to leave us. I know that you are at peace. I will see you soon. Love JoAnn Merry.
April 16, 2020
My family knew Ms. Carpenter from her time at St. Pius X in San Antonio. She was so dedicated and thoughtful.
I remember one year at the Children’s Christmas mass she “drafted” me (right before it started) to be the little drummer boy to lead everyone in the procession. I was too old (I wasn’t going to wear a baby costume), I didn’t want to drum, I didn’t even like the song. She pulled me aside and gave me a poncho to wear. This poncho was worn and ratty. It was exactly what a little boy wants to wear at church on Christmas.
April 16, 2020
Aunt Diana was a lady that always had a smile with a soft gentle voice. Although we didn't see her much, but at family functions , she loved her family. We knew her as, loving God and participated by teaching in the private schools and highly involved in the church. She took care of her family and loved them. Diana also spent a great deal of time taking care of her mother. Diana will be missed. So sorry for your loss to all the family. Love, Gerri , Rob, Ryan and Kyle Johnson