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Gates Kingsley & Gates Moeller Murphy Funeral Directors

2500 Broadway St F125 Unit1127, Santa Monica, CA

OBITUARY

Diane Martin Bock

May 6, 1946November 28, 2019

Our beloved Diane Martin Bock, 73, of Pacific Palisades passed away unexpectedly on November 28th.

She is survived by her mother, Barbara Martin and the late William S. Martin, Jr., her children Christina Dicker, Michele Kwasniewski and Eugene Bock, Jr., her brothers David Martin and Brian Martin and ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her family and friends are mourning her passing but grateful for the time they had together.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Services

  • Funeral Mass Monday, December 9, 2019

Memories

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Barbara Gutierrez

December 11, 2019

As a first through eighth grade Corpus Christi School classmate, Diane was always generous and inclusive especially at her annual birthday parties. Her birthday celebrations were unique, creative and like being in Fantasyland!

As adults, our paths crossed often at the market, the bakery or running errands in the Palisades. Wherever we met, Diane always emulated the meaning of her name “divine”, gracious and sincere as we exchanged personal updates.

Trina Wagner Pate recently shared a First Holy Communion photo of Diane, Trina and me taken at Corpus Christi Church in May 1954. It is moving and quite beautiful to know that Diane is now a Divine Angel. God bless you, Diane.

Terri. Shearer Bribiesca

December 10, 2019

Diane was my “Big Sister” at Marymount High School. She “kept an eye on me”,
helping me adjust to high school. Our parents were friends ; we all lived just a long block away, in the Palisades.
The neighbors living on Toyopa and Ocampo all met at Corpus Christi Church
Every Sunday! I had lost touch as we both aged, and am surprised and pleased Diane was able to enjoy Grands AND
Great Grands, and close friends in England. You are the lucky one, Diane, getting to Heaven before us.

Rosanne Mangio

December 9, 2019

Diane and I have been buddies since we were 9 years old. She was a true friend, kind and generous. She stood by me when my Mom was dying, and stood by me when she died. She drove me to her, stood outside the door to keep the nurse from disturbing me..Diane told me later that the nurse was concerned because she smelt smoke coming from the room ...Diane told her “Don’t worry she won’t burn the hospital down, she’s doing a Native American ceremony for her Mother “. I burst out laughing...Diane had a wonderful sense of humor..When I would get too serious and upset about what was going on in the world she would say “I love you Rosanne,your Italian, and would gesture with a wave of her hand “Let it go, let it go”..that would crack me up and clear my mind quickly..

Diane loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren..She was a kid at heart, and would decorate her house for every Holiday...She created magic...and her house was indeed a magical place. She also created a story book cottage in the Cotswolds. She chose every piece for her cottage with love..it was truly glorious.

She loved England and the beautiful people that became her extended family. I was fortunate to visit with her there on a few occasions. I became in love with it too.
Diane was very intelligent and very well read. She was an expert on exotic birds being that she owned some beautiful creatures herself. People from all over the world would seek her out for her knowledge and counsel. She loved to take them to elementary schools to give the kids a wonderful experience with them, and to better understand them, and how important they were for a healthy planet.
My dear friend has made a huge impact on all of us..We have all been touched by her in some way..We have all had a better, richer life because of her....Thank you Diane for giving all of us great joy...

Trina (Wagner) Pate

December 8, 2019

Diane and I grew up together in Pacific Palisades, CA. We attended Corpus Christi Catholic Elementary School from Kindergarten through 8th Grade together. Our parents were good friends. Although we lost touch as we grew up, we would run into each other periodically in Pacific Palisades through the years.
I especially enjoyed reading the memory shared by her British friends in the Cotswolds. I know how much she loved that area and the people who lived there. I thought some of you who only knew her as an adult might enjoy seeing her as a child. No need to point her out - she looked exactly the same as an adult! This photo is of Diane, her father Bill, her brother David, and her mother Barbara. Our families were on vacation in Big Bear, CA In the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles

ANNEMARIE TIERNEY

December 5, 2019

Our, much loved, Diane

I would like to tell you about “Our Diane”

She was so much part of our community; our small village in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds.

Diane stayed in her lovely cottage for several months every year. She was part of the village and well known in The Cat and Custard Pot, our pub, where she had many of her meals at a table specially saved for her use. Usually she sat with others and chatted and laughed with us all.

She loved the snow!!!

We learned a lot from her, about her precious home in America, about British history because she had a degree in that subject and knew more about our history then we did, about her birds and their wonderful personalities. She spoke so proudly of her family and their achievements.

She made us laugh and when we were anxious she taught us how to “Let it go”

Last Christmas she spent with us and our family and made it an even more joyous occasion.

We waved her “Goodbye” only a few weeks ago. She left with a promise to return very soon….Everyone is so sad to think that she will not be here again to enrich and amuse our lives.

All her friends in the village join us in saying
“Thank you Diane”


Michelle Bock

December 5, 2019

My fondest memory of Diane would have to be the day that Ryan was born. We sat together in the hospital anxiously awaiting his arrival. She was so excited and proud to be in attendance. The Saturday before her passing ,we were fortunate to spend the day with her at Ryan’s birthday party. She was her normal self, talkative , joking, planning her next trip to Arizona. Her passing is such a shock to all of us. May she Rest In Peace. We love and will miss you dearly.

Pina Ricciardone

December 4, 2019

We were very fortunate to spend Saturday with Diane at Ryan’s first birthday party. She was talking about how her granddaughters looked like sisters and not cousins. She tried to find a picture on her phone that she loved of all the girls but couldn’t find it. Later that night I received a text from her saying that she found the picture she was referring to and here it is. She was very proud of all of them. We will miss her dearly and will cherish that last Saturday spent together. May she continue to watch over her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Rest In Peace, Diane.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY