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Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home

703 Main Street, Toms River, NJ

OBITUARY

Diane Mary Wilson

March 4, 1952October 25, 2019
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“All my life’s a circle, sunrise and sundown"

Sunrise

It has been said that the most beautiful part of a sunrise are the moments before the sun even shines. The clouds take on a purple-ish color as we all sit in great anticipation for what light it will bring to that day. Often that sunrise takes longer than we think but eventually the sun beams its beautiful light upon us all. Diane Mary Wilson’s light was well worth that wait. Taking a note from her favorite song quote above, we’d like to start by glimpsing into the sunrise of Diane’s circle of life. Diane grew up in Wayne, NJ, the daughter of Robert and Leona Mulvihill. Even at an early age it was evident that Diane was an incredibly unselfish, supportive, and compassionate child who always wanted what was best for her family. Her mother LeeLee especially recognized Diane’s beautiful light through their shared passion of being homemakers. Together they embraced the changing of the seasons by decorating (and often spontaneously renovating) every corner of the love-filled home. Diane’s positive attitude shined brightly upon all seven of her siblings to include Joe, Ellen, Mary, Christine, Laura, Bobby, and Stevie. She was an inspiration to all brothers and sisters, so strong in her faith that she could bring a joyful perspective to even the most difficult situation. She would always listen to the woes of others and then quietly give them the strength to endure and embrace the positive.

Sunshine

After daybreak, the sun's light quickly expands and reaches its highest point in the sky beginning to explore new spaces. In her early twenties, Diane’s light explored such new spaces shimmering brightly down to the Jersey Shore. Diane, a surfer girl at heart, happened to shine her infectious smile upon one beach boy in particular: Peter Andrew Wilson aka “Hugger”. On one of their first dates, driving down the Garden State Parkway in Peters’ 67’ ragtop Chevy the song “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” came on by the Beach Boys. Diane was singing and dancing in the car to the song, then looked over at Hugger as the lyrics “and we could be married...and then we’d be happy” played. In that moment, Diane beamed a smiled towards Peter and said “you know we could do this...and it really would be nice ”. In that moment they both knew. Hugger sold that 67’ Chevy and bought her a diamond ring. Peter and Diane were married fourteen months later on September 14th, 1975. Supplied with a strong faith in both God and one another they decided to grow their beautiful family in Toms River, NJ. Diane was blessed with three children, Wendy Yorke, Laura Lee Bochicchio, and J.D. Wilson. Diane’s children, perhaps felt the warmth of her light the most. As a mother, Diane shined the brightest ensuring all three of her kids were instilled with the same compassion, faith, kindness, creativity, and selflessness which she lived her life. Diane was a dedicated teacher at Westminster Nursery School in Toms River, NJ. Diane’s light continued to shine through her continuous work with St. Joseph’s Parish and School in Toms River, NJ. Using her own creative compass, she cultivated the importance of character, morality, and compassion in every lesson. She continued to illuminate classrooms beyond her own with surprise guest reader visits and volunteering for nearly every PTA activity. She continued to share her positive light. Diane was always focused on making meaningful memories for children of all ages, no matter the reason or season. In fact, this time of year if you listen closely you can still hear the wood crackling from her fireplace, smell her homemade apple crisp baking in the oven, feel her meticulously handmade Halloween costumes she created, and see the best decorated house on the block ready to greet trick or treaters with king-sized Candy Bars. It didn’t matter which neighborhood The Wilson’s moved to because Diane always made every house truly feel like a home.

Sunshowers

One thing Diane and her family learned in time is that not all skies are clear. The truth is that one storm cloud can often cast an unbearable shadow on the brightest of sunshine. It would be an understatement to say that Diane had only one storm cloud in her sky. She was beset with multiple medical storm clouds in the form of various diseases over the years. Diane however, had a spirit too bright, a faith too strong, and a light far too radiant for any storm clouds to cast even the slightest shadow on her life. She remarkably endured these extreme medical setbacks and managed to turn any rainy day into a at least a sunshower. This positive attitude was never more evident than with the birth of her two grandchildren: Michael and Ellee Yorke. Diane, with the unconditional support of her husband Peter, never missed a holiday, baseball game, dance recital, play, or concert for their grandchildren. Nothing gave Diane more joy than her “playdates” with Michael and Ellee where she continually sparked their imaginations, challenged their creativity, and always ended everything with one all important question: “Did You Have Fun?” (Spoiler Alert: The answer was always “Yes, Grandma!” ).

Sunsets

It has been said that the most beautiful part of a sunset are actually the moments after it finally sets. Diane Mary Wilson, age 67 of Toms River, passed away on Friday October 25, 2019. Standing by her side was her loving husband Peter, daughter Wendy with husband Mike Yorke, daughter Laura Lee and husband Michael Bochicchio, and son J.D. Wilson. Her favorite song “Ave Maria” played softly as Diane’s beautiful sunlight dipped down past the horizon. As we sit here looking up at the clouds, you can almost hear Diane herself reminding us that the sun will rise tomorrow, her light will shine within it, and we should embrace the beauty of each day.

Services

  • Memorial Gathering Tuesday, October 29, 2019
  • Memorial Mass Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Memories

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Cara Pagán

November 11, 2019

Dear Wilson Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained a very special angel. Wishing you all peace and comfort.

Micheal Hall

October 31, 2019

It is with great sadness that I hear of the passing of Mrs Wilson.
As a young lad from Ireland many years ago, Mrs Wilson; like many, welcomed me into her heart and for that I am forever grateful.
Her words of wisdom, advice and knowledge have stood by me through the years and still do.
The warmth, love and affection that Mrs Wilson showed to me throughout the years was that which someone could only dream of.
The last time that I spoke with Mrs Wilson was in 2018 at the wedding of a dear friend of ours. I will treasure that for the rest of my days.
As an old Irish saying goes: Slán go fóill mo chara.
Deepest sympathy to Mr Wilson, my lifelong friend JD and family.

Kelly Wilson

October 31, 2019


Growing up, I always looked forward to seeing my cousins. Those days were filled with games, movies and Hugger maybe playing a fair game of basketball. When I heard Diane had passed I was taken aback. Then, almost immediately, The water guns came into mind. We were ambushed. Pete hastely pushing Diane as she's double barrelled, soaking us... laughing. As fast as they were there, they were on to the next victims. Thank you for that moment and so many others.
Love you Diane, thank you for the forever memories. Thinking of you Pete, JD, Wendy Lee and Laura Lee. Love you all, Kelly and Christin

Mike de la Montaigne

October 30, 2019

To the Family of Diane,
I remember Diane from High School, thru her sister Christine. Admired by all, it’s clear her journey in life was filled with love for her family and so many friends, as well as helping others.
RIP Diane, this world was so much better because of you.
Mike d ‘72

Brooke Herron

October 30, 2019

“Lucy” I am so lucky, so honored to have known you. I already miss our talks, your wisdom, your apple crisp, our shared love for all things vintage and the absolute joy it was to be loved by you. Your beautiful soul will live on in every sunrise, every sunset, every star upon a Christmas tree, every first snowfall of the year, every time your grandchildren laugh. Rest in the sweetest peace my kindred spirit. I love you.

Alicia De Lorenzo

October 30, 2019

To JD and the whole Wilson family-
I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Wilson. She was always so kind and sweet. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
Alicia DeLorenzo & Family

Pat and hoxworth

October 29, 2019

We are so sorry Wendy to her of the passing of your mom. She will be miss by everyone she touch in her life. Hope you and your family are doing ok in this Time of sorrow. If there is anything you need let us. We all miss you Mike and the kids take care.
With are deepest sympathy Patty,Bob,Becky,& Randi

Rose Gallaher

October 29, 2019

What a beautiful tribute to such a beautiful lady. Your photos show your everlasting smile as I will always remember you. Never a complaint no matter how much pain you were suffering....you always were concerned how someone else was feeling. I'm sorry I didn't know you even longer than I had. The years spent with you with fun, positive, loving and caring. Your husband and children loved and cherished you just as you did them. Your grandchildren were the icing on the cake. I will miss our "catch up chats" that wound up lasting 2 or 3 hours and the many laughs and hugs that kept me going until our next visit. Even though I will not see you I know you are near and might just "chat" with you more. Goodbye for now my dear friend...I will miss you ...Love Rose

Kevin Brophy

October 29, 2019

Life is a journey, at times through fields and meadows filled with flowers and trees; at other times, through rocks. Diane, your journey through life was no different. What distinguished yours was when you walked barefoot through the rocks. You served as an inspiration to me as I struggled with illness. You never gave up, always persevered, and shined your light on all those you touched. You have gone to your eternal reward welcomed by the outstretched arms of a loving God. Our memories will never fade. Love, Kevin

Kathy Weiss

October 29, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I went to DePaul HS with Diane. Although we did not run in the same circles, I remember Diane being synonymous with positivity, high energy, kindness and beauty. I was so hoping to see her one more time at our upcoming reunion in the spring.
Your video on her life was so beautiful. She was able to emit love, have it come back to her and keep it the form of her husband, family and friends. That’s a wondrous gift and a true SUCCESS.
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.
Psalm 116:15

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