May 13, 1945 – May 13, 2019
Dianne Gavin age 74 of Ocean Gate passed away peacefully on Monday May 13th. She retired in 2007 from the Ocean County Planning Board after 24 years. Dianne was born in South Orange, raised in Maplewood and lived in Pine Beach before moving to Ocean Gate 25 years ago. She was predeceased by her husband Jim, her daughter Kimberly Dunphey and her grandson Owen Scott. Surviving are her sons Doug Dunphey and John Dunphey, her brother George Rogers and his wife Fran. Visiting will be Sunday from 2-5 pm at the Quinn Hopping Funeral Home 26 Mule Rd. Toms River. A funeral service will be held 10 am Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown.
Dianne had the ability to make anything fun, even a trip to the DMV. No matter where she went, if you left her alone for a minute, someone would be talking to her when you got back. She had a kind face and people were drawn to her. Kim and Owen’s death left her with a heartache she struggled with daily, but spending time with Doug, John and her many friends, encouraged her to move forward and enjoy the small things that helped her in her grief. She was a great cook, loved going out to eat and told the best stories. She was beautiful, kind, charming and loving. Very few people can touch your soul the way Dianne could. Not a mean bone in her body, and despite being handed raw deal after raw deal in her life, she always managed to stay positive for those around her. She has now joined Jim, Owen, Kim and other departed loved ones. Our Lord called her home on the day of her birth, so we wish her a Happy Birthday and “Happy Rebirth Day”, as she passes through the gates of Heaven and into Eternal life.
- Visiting Sunday, May 19, 2019
- Service Monday, May 20, 2019
- Burial Monday, May 20, 2019
May 19, 2019
I miss you my friend.
I'm so glad I have the memory of getting to know you. I so much enjoyed our day outtings together. I always looked forward to them as I knew it was going to be a day of fun and all day laughter. You were like a 2nd MOM to me. I will treasure that always.. May you Rest In Peace
Doug and John. May you both stay strong.
My thoughts and prayers are with you both always Vickie
May 19, 2019
Dianne - it was so great being a part of the cousins reunion, reconnecting with family. I know you are no longer suffering which is a blessing! When God saw you at the heavenly gates, he opened his arms and welcomed you home. ❤️ God bless!
May 18, 2019
How sorry we are and so wish we could see my sweet cousin again. She was a spark of joy and will miss her smile and laughs. Our thoughts are with you all. Love you cousin, you have my fond memories which I will forever cherish
Jane and Jim Shavel
Jean and Michael Coale
May 18, 2019
Our sincere condolences to Doug and John for the loss of your wonderful Mother.
May 18, 2019
On my first day at the Ocean Planning Department, Dianne was the kindest, sweetest person I met. Throughout the years she was always a loyal friend not just to me but all who knew her. As I told my husband , Dianne is very popular! We all know why! She and I shared a love of tv characters created by Carol Burnett and Tim Conway. I'm sure she was on the welcoming committee when Tim arrived!
May 16, 2019
Dianne, we grew up a few houses apart in a neighborhood that had eight boys for every girl. I remember the time I begged you to play baseball with us because we needed another player. You were always a kind soul and I am glad to see you remained that way throughout your life. Growing up with you and your family on Summit Avenue was one of the best parts of my childhood. I am very glad that we had a chance to reconnect a bit on social media a few years ago. I only wished that I could have given you a big hug. I know you are in a good place now and I hope that when it is my turn, I will see you again.
Heaven is a much better place with you in it.