Diana entered heaven on January 4th, 2021, reunited with her beloved husband, William “Blake” Butcher.
Diana’s greatest impact was her ability to love unconditionally. She was a devoted wife, sister, aunt, godmother and friend. Diana had a big heart and a gift for engaging in conversation, and she befriended all those whom she met. Her life mission was to spread kindness and to treat others the way she wanted to be treated.
Diana was well known for her love of gardening, playing cards and games, gift giving, sitting by the water at the beach with a good book and making perfect deviled eggs. Diana carried on her family traditions with pride, especially making homemade pasta and cookies and sharing her Italian recipes and tips with her nieces and nephews. She delighted in spending time with family and friends and was often the event organizer. Diana had a knack for maintaining connections with many cherished family members and friends. She truly listened and was able to keep up with a multitude of the details of her loved ones’ lives. She was loving and engaging, and she truly lived in the moment with family and friends. She will be remembered as a beautiful, gentle, fun-loving, selfless woman.
Diana was a graduate of Holy Martyr’s School in Oreland, PA and Bishop McDevitt High School in Wyncote, PA.
Diana received many awards and recognitions spanning her career as an administrative assistant at several companies, including US NRC and General Electric Company. Diana also had an entrepreneurial streak, as a “drawer analyst,” helping clients with home organization. Many of her family and friends benefitted from her expertise. It was at Lockheed Martin where she met her husband Blake, and their romance began. Diana and Blake often traveled to visit family and friends, and they proudly hosted many gatherings in their cheerful home.
Diana cherished her family and friends above all else. She is survived by her siblings, Barbara James, RoseAnne Smith, Karen Coles (John) and Richard Marafino (Sherrie), 27 adoring nieces and nephews, devoted cousins and a host of dear friends. She was predeceased by her parents Anthony and Louise Marafino, her brother, Anthony Marafino, and brothers-in-law, Robert James and Joseph Smith.
Diana’s memorial Mass will be held at a later date, anticipated for Summer 2021 due to COVID restrictions. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Diana’s name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice, or please consider an act of kindness to honor the legacy of Diana.