Diane D. Bennett, age 82, passed from this life into eternal life on Monday, October 21, 2019, at the Serenity House in Victor, New York.


Diane was born on May 16, 1937, in Auburn, New York, to V. Dewey and Lela (Bayless) Bennett.


She graduated from Holy Family High School, Auburn, in 1955; St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing, Syracuse, in 1958; Boston College (B.S. nursing) in 1962; and the University of Rochester (M.S. nursing) in 1972.


Diane spent her life dedicated to taking care of others. She worked at the Auburn School of Nursing from 1962 to 1969; Highland Hospital, specializing in oncology from 1972 to 1992, receiving the Employee of the Year award in 1987; Thompson Hospital from 1992 to 1997; and the Geneva Hospice Visiting Nurse Service from 1997 to 1999. She was also a longtime volunteer at the Serenity House in Victor and the House of John in Clifton Springs.


Diane loved living life, whether it was tap dancing across a stage or in a parade; taking a swim in one of the Finger Lakes or the Great Lakes; lounging on the beach in Ludington, Michigan; flying a kite; traveling the world; sharing a meal with her friends; or spending time with family. She loved to laugh, and she loved a good Manhattan. She also always loved and was loyal to her football team—go Bills!


Diane is survived by her niece, Susan (David) Maltbie; nephews Andrew (Lisa) Bernard and Daniel Bernard; grandnieces Julia and Erin Maltbie; cousin Sandra Reeder; and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Nancy; and her brother-in-law Rudy Bernard.


Visitation will be Monday, October 28, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Jarmusz Cotton Funeral Home in Victor. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 29, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Victor.


Per Diane’s wishes, she will be cremated and interment will take place at a later date at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lansing, Michigan, where she will be laid to rest next to her sister and brother-in-law.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Diane to St. Patrick’s Church 115 Maple Ave., or the Serenity House 1278 Brace Rd., both in Victor, New York, 14564.


  1. we love you and miss you already. the world is poorer without your laugh, mischievous smile, and caring spirit.

  2. Diane was so wonderful as the oncology nurse at Highland Hospital. My husband was one of her patients and she treated us both as if he were the only one.

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