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January 31, 2024
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Diane L. Stone, 86 passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 31, 2024.
She is survived by her daughters, Laurie Stone, Mary Stone (James Hall), Colleen Stone and Gina (Erik) Socha; and son, Jim (Carmela) Stone; her brother Charles Lucchesi; her grandchildren Brad (Angie) LePore, Jamie (Alyx) and Christian (Merritt) Hall, Christopher Stone, Shane and Olivia Stone & Evan and Sam Socha; Great Grandchildren Kristen, Elijah & Lily LePore and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Charles James Stone Sr.; her parents Alfred and Anna (nee: Hefner) Lucchesi and her sister, Rosemary Mehl.
Diane was born and raised in West Baltimore. She attended Garrison Jr. High and Western High School. At 14 years old she got her first job at Woolworths five-and-dime store. At 15, Diane decided to withdrawal from school and go to work. She worked at an insurance company and a doctor’s office, taking every opportunity she was given to advance and grow.
Diane met her future husband, Charles “Stoney” Stone when she was just 20 years old. They wed in April, 1959 and together raised 5 children, each of them receiving a private catholic education. Diane was an original working mom, balancing the demands of parenting and keeping a nice home while continuing to be a successful employee. Diane took an entry level position in the billing department at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Towson, MD. Despite not having an advanced education, she was promoted to the director of Admissions. Diane was respected and admired and recognized for her outstanding service by Governor Robert Ehrlich on her 40th work anniversary. She was a legacy employee at the hospital and retired after 51 years of service.
Diane was always active, her hobbies included duckpin bowling, dance aerobics, and shopping. Diane enjoyed traveling and went on many cruises with Stoney and their large group of fun friends, her favorite destinations had sunshine, beaches, and slot machines. Every winter she looked forward to her annual girlfriend get away to Ocean City, Diane really knew how to enjoy life.
Diane was happiest with her family near and spent many hours on the sidelines of her grandchildren’s sporting events. Her favorite time was on Sunday when she had her whole family at the dinner table, no matter how large her family grew there was always room for one more, an open invitation to all. Whoever showed up was welcomed with great food and laughter and immediately became part of her family.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, March 09, 2024 at 11:00 am at St. Isaac Jogues Church, 9215 Old Harford Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21234. Interment is private. Family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Diane’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105 or online @ stjude.org