Diane Lucille Nicolaou
October 19, 1951 – February 4, 2021
Diane Lucille Nicolaou went to wait for her Savior on February 4, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.
Diane was born in Missouri to Opal Jean and Leonard “Pete” Righter. Opal, Pete, and Diane’s brother Jeff preceded her in death. The rest of her siblings—Joe, Barbara, Pat, Dan, and Doug—survive, as do her children, Amy (Bill Campbell) and Steven; her stepdaughter Elitza Nicolaou (Chris Fieldhouse); her adopted German son Calli Flothmann; her grandchildren Kirsten, Noah, Jack, and Lexie Campbell; many nieces and nephews; and the love of her life, her husband Greg Nicolaou.
Diane began her career as a cardiac sonographer at Ingham Medical Center in Lansing, after graduating from the Seventh Day Adventist Academy in Grand Ledge and studying sonography in San Francisco. When she and Greg decided to move to Traverse City, she was recruited to help the team at Grand Traverse Heart set up their very first echocardiography suite. Her kindness, skill, and leadership endeared her to her patients and coworkers, many of whom became dear, lifelong friends.
Diane was a lifelong member of the Seventh Day Adventist church, and was active in the Seventh Day Adventist communities in Lansing and Traverse City. The members of her congregations always benefited from her incredibly giving nature and infinite capacity for baking amazing treats. Whenever a church member needed a hot meal or a good conversation, they could count on Diane for both.
Throughout her 20-year battle, she never stopped crafting, cooking, praying, or learning. A truly creative person, Diane stayed busy after her retirement with scrapbooking, bow hunting, hunting for Petoskey stones in Leelanau County, soap making, finding hidden treasures on sale racks, traveling, hosting legendary family dinners, and taking care of all who she loved—and there were so many lucky people she counted in that number.
A small visitation and service will be held at the Traverse City SDA church on February 14. Rather than sending flowers, Diane’s family asks that you remember her with a donation to the Traverse City Seventh Day Adventist church, and to think of her whenever you’re with the people you love the best or doing the things that make you the happiest.
7th Day Adventist Church
2055 N. Four Mile Rd., Traverse City, Michigan 49686
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Diane Lucille Nicolaou
February 15, 2021
Hutch feels privileged to be the one who took Diane on her first Sleeping Bear Dune Track Chair ride. The chair is controlled by the rider using a joy stick. She zigged and zagged around the Dunes and thoroughly enjoyed it. This was a new project for the National Park Services and Diane was one of the first to try it. Diane was all about having fun no matter the circumstances. She was determined to keep Parkinson's from getting her down.
Pat remembers her stories about "the leather skirt" and the time she was recovering at the Pavillions. She took another patient with her on an exploration of the building. Their monitors were out of range and the staff assumed she had escaped. After an extensive search, they were eventually found and told to stay put and behave!
Pat and Hutch have known Diane for many years dating back to her days in Lansing. She was always cheerful and kind. And yes, a little naughty on the fun side. While we miss her now, we look forward to seeing her healed and ready for new adventures in the New Jerusalem.
February 13, 2021
Greg met Diane and soon they visited me; he was smitten, she was fascinated with the colorful birds at the feeder. They were then and remained the happiest pair I ever knew. Diane was the love of Greg's life and brought joy, compassion, grace and welcome presence to all she touched. Happy Valentines Day sweetheart; you are loved and missed, peace be with you.
Greg, I love you brother. May peace be with you. Kevin and Mary Collins
February 12, 2021
Diane was one of my favorite coworkers and a great friend. She was always so loving to her patients and her friends. She was a very giving person, no matter what. She and Greg were always willing to host gatherings and give advice when needed. She will be truly missed. Much love and prayers to Greg and her family. We will meet again someday to eat and laugh once more. Rest in peace in the arms of our beloved savior who has prepared a place for you.❤ Lizzy
February 11, 2021
Janell and I have known Diane for 30 years and there is no way to not feel a great sense of loss. Diane blessed us all with her love and she defined kindness.
We are comforted by the fact she has such a loving family and extraordinary husband to honor her memory.
We send our special thankyou to Greg for his love and care of our dear friend for all these years.
Kevin and Janell Clayton
Kathy (Asbury) Dodd
February 7, 2021
I remember Diane from way back at the New Shrewsberry SDA Church in New Jersey. She was loved by everyone. Keeping her husband and family in my prayers.
Brigid and Rollo Jones
February 6, 2021
I worked with Diane for five years at Grand Traverse Heart. Rollo and I both adored her and we both consider it a privilege to have known her. She was a lovely and fun person. She will be missed by so many. May she Rest In Peace.