Diane (Leverone) Winchell

August 4th, 2021

Diane (Leverone) Winchell

To our family and friends we are sad to report the unexpected loss of our dearest Diane.

She was the daughter of Anthony and Margaret (Hennessy) Leverone of Wilmington.
Though Tony and Peg are the foundation upon which our family was built, Diane was undoubtedly the glue that kept it together.

Diane lived a vibrant life that included traveling with her family, creating many beautiful handicrafts, and sharing her strong opinions about politics and current events. She dedicated the end of her life to ensuring her parents were able to spend their later years in the family home and that the whole family always felt welcome and loved.

Diane leaves behind her mother, daughter, three loving brothers; Frank, Stephen (wife Joan), and Andrew (wife Mary), and many nieces and nephews: Emily, Caitlyn, Joseph, Jenna, Stephen, Daniel, Susan, Jonathan, Josh, Marisa, Samantha, Nicholas, Elisa, Matthew, and J.J. Also deeply feeling Diane’s loss are John-Paul and Skylar McDonald.

Diane expects us to keep caring for each other. She showed us how to do it.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, August 8th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Diane’s Funeral Mass will take place on Monday, August 9th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington, followed by her interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.


9 Entries in Guest Book for “Diane (Leverone) Winchell”

  1. Mark & Maureen Hennessy says:

    Dear Aunt Peggy, Lindsey, Frankie, Stephen, Joan, Andy, Mary and all nieces and nephews,
    We have no words to express how stunned and saddened we are to hear this news. If there’s anything we know to be true about Diane, it’s how much she loved each and every one of you. You’re all in our thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time. Another person taken too soon! Diane, rest in God’s heavenly peace, we know you’ll be watching over those you left behind!

  2. Shirley Yager says:

    I had the honor of working for Diane for 6 years. I learned so much from her, and she was a kind and thoughtful manager. She overflowed with the entrepreneurial spirit, she was an outside-the-box thinker, and she brought a vast amount of wisdom to her work. She was also a great cook and knew how to host a memorable dinner party. I miss working with her, and most of all, I miss her warm hugs and smile. Rest in peace, Diane! My sympathies and condolences to Diane’s family and loved ones.

  3. Donna Nichols says:

    Diane and Mark lived across the street from us 20 years ago. For a long time we were happy as clams having dinner at their house and they hosted my 50th birthday party in their back yard, even though she was going through chemo at the time, she was a rock. Diane was such an amazing friend through all my ups and downs and Cloony was the best dog ever. I’ve missed her since she left California to hang out with Peg and boy, I will sure miss her posts on Facebook now! Rest in peace Di. I will see you again some day. We love you.

  4. Gregg A Johnson says:

    I really enjoyed working with Diane during our “Wireless Local Loop” years (mid-late 90’s) at Qualcomm. Diane made everyone comfortable with expressing their expertise, viewpoints, and thoughts to advance our project goals and challenges. She had an amazing capacity to be able to disagree with your opinion “today” and still love you for who you were and your personal and professional collaboration for the long haul. An amazing person who blazed a trail when women in leadership roles were uncommon in technical/engineering environments. Cheers Diane for being a remarkable person who touched and inspired your friends and coworkers!

  5. Douglas H. Moe says:

    I was a co-worker of Diane’s at Qualcomm during the ’90’s, and appreciated how she could make work just a bit more fun. Diane would often regale us with her adventures at the Blackjack tables in Vegas. Diane was always smiling, often laughing, and undeniably dedicated to the success of her project.

  6. Mike Schnetzer says:

    I was also a co-worker with Diane at Qualcomm. Diane was the creative and caring center of a group that was one of the best I ever worked with. Her vision and optimism kept us going. Even after our project was finished, I was fortunate to have Diane as a friend. She was one of the few people I describe as “genuine”.

  7. Gail Russell says:

    Diane was a beautiful person and a wonderful friend. I worked with Diane at QC for 15 years and she was a mentor and loving friend to me. I especially loved her quick wit, sense of humor and sincere love for her friends and family. I am saddened by her early departure from this earth and will always cherish the friendship we shared and the fun we had together and the fond memories I have of her. Rest In Peace Diane and thanks for all the love and kindness you brought to so many.
    Gail R.

  8. Valerie Balun says:

    I too worked with Diane at QC, and I’m so sad to learn of her passing. Diane made me think, and boy, did she make me laugh. She was truly one of the most generous persons I’ve ever known. My deepest sympathies to all of Diane’s family and loved ones – May God surround each of you with His peace and love.

  9. Diane and Joe DeMelo says:

    My sincere sorrow to the whole family.God has called an angel to heaven,me and Joe will miss her smile and morning talks,rest in peace my dear neighbor.

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