After graduating from Our Lady of Corvallis High School in Studio City, Diane G. Fitzgerald M.A. ’84 entered the Congregation of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary at the novitiate in Tarrytown, New York. Called home after three years to care for her distressed parents, she met and married John in 1954 when both were working at Weston Hydraulics Company in Van Nuys, California. In addition to raising five children, she was the partner in her husband’s two small businesses in Los Gatos: a Baskin-Robbins and the Los Gatos Washette. Diane earned a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University and a master’s degree in special education from SCU before embarking on a long and rewarding career educating children with special needs through the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the Campbell Union School District. She died on Jan. 7, 2020, and is remembered by her former students as competent, caring, and keenly focused on their learning. Her commitment to make the world a better and more accepting place for everyone lives on. Diane was the daughter of Leon Pierre Gendron and Mary Alice Scully; sister of the late Peter Gendron (Patricia) and sister-in-law of Jean Yeakel; devoted wife of the late John J. Fitzgerald; mother of Michael (Denise), the late Catherine, Paul, Eileen (Danny), and Christine; grandmother of Brian (Tony), Breane and Bethany (David), Jake Bevans, Cody (Alison), Gunner (Kylie) and the late Jessie Franks; and is also survived by great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

31 Jan 2020