Diane F. Martin

January 14th, 2020

Diane Frances Martin, age 70, formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 12, 2020, at the Newton Wellesley Hospital, after a lengthy illness.

Diane was born on November 6, 1949, in Reading, Pennsylvania; she was the daughter of the late Peter George Martin and Frances Mary (Machiesky) Martin. She graduated from Wilmington High School, then graduated second in her class at Fisher Junior College. Following the birth of her cherished son, Michael, Diane returned to the University of Massachusetts in Lowell to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology; graduating at Salutatorian.

Diane worked as a social worker for many years after receiving her degree in psychology; she immensely enjoyed helping homeless women and children find permanent housing. She later worked in publishing until her retirement, which coincided with her love of books. Diane was also an avid traveler; she traveled throughout Europe, yet her favorite trip was to the Holy Land with her dear friend, David. She also took religious pilgrimages to Mexico and to Medjugorje in Bosnia. Diane was know for her infectious laugh, great sense of humor and intellect. Diane would say that the best part of her life was raising her son and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Diane was the devoted mother of Michael Peter Martin of New York City, NY, she was the beloved sister of five siblings; Robert P. Martin and his wife Ondis, and their two children, Michael and Peter all of the Philippines, Mary Ann Marks of Lowell, Thomas A. Martin and his wife Marylee of Derry, NH, Theresa M. Gilbride and her late husband Thomas, and their daughter Elizabeth of Lowell and Katherine M. Martin of Lowell. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly; Anthony Marks and his wife Neia and their two children Victor and Ricardo, of Peabody, Thomas A. Marks and his wife Rachel, and their two children, Evey and Nathaniel of Louisville, Kentucky; Jessica Diebold and her husband Mathieu, and their son, Simon, of Media, Pennsylvania.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, January 18th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, at 11:00 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, January 17th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Donations in Diane’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or to the Covenant House New York, 550 10th Ave., New York, NY 10018.


5 Entries in Guest Book for “Diane F. Martin”

  1. Joanne DuBay says:

    I knew Diane for 36 yrs and we shared a great friendship from the beginning. We raised kids, we hung out, we went to beaches, lakes, dances, movies and parks together and shared deep,and sometimes comical conversations. We went back to college together earning our degrees. I will sadly miss her as I can no longer pick up the phone. God bless herrr great soul!

  2. Tom Marks says:

    Diane was always a positive influence in my life. She was so bright, endearing, and warm. She taught me how to play chess and how to appreciate a slightly undercooked pizza. Diane truly gave a masterclass in what a dry, acerbic wit is, and should be. I would not be the person I am today without her, she will be sorely missed by all of us.

  3. Christina Ortiz says:

    I did not know Diane, but had the pleasure of working with her son Michael P. Martin. I learned that i lived in the same location that he grew up in (Lowell, Massachusetts) and knew that we had something in common that we could talk about. Mothers are always a blessing to have and i am so sadden to hear of his loss. Mike, my heart is with you and your family. Losses are never easy, especially when its a parent. :(

  4. Maria Fatima Rocha says:

    Dear Michael , I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. My prayers are with you at this time ????. Regards ,Maria Fatima Rocha

  5. Maggie Ramos says:


    I am so sorry for your loss. Our condolences go out to you and your family and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Maggie Ramos & Family

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