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Diana L. Pierce

September 18, 1946 March 19, 2016
Diana L. Pierce
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Diana Boots Pierce, 69, died peacefully at her La Grange Park home on Saturday, March 19, 2016, surrounded by those who loved her.

Born September 18, 1946 to Helene and George Boots, she grew up in Culver, Indiana and spent a lot of time at her Aunt Ellen and Uncle Arlie’s farm in Rochester, Indiana, a place she loved. She graduated from Culver Community High School and Ball State College.

Diana was always drawn to helping others and became a physical therapist at Little Company of Mary before starting her family. She then took time off from working to raise her step children and children, a job that she loved. In the early 2000’s, Diana followed her true calling and became a hospice nurse. She felt that it was an honor to help people at the end of their life and often remarked on the beautiful deaths she witnessed. She was so skilled at caring for the dying that she later became an administrator and teacher of new hospice workers, bringing to them her unique and powerful message of love, respect and comforting care for everyone.

In 2004 she met the great love of her life, Thomas (Tom) Pierce and they were married in 2007. Tom brought Diana so many years of love and laughter. They loved to have fun everyday no matter if they were at home or on a trip. Diana loved life and was grateful for every single day. She loved to laugh and her laughter was contagious. She tried to life each day to the fullest, not take life too seriously and she loved her family and friends and being with them. But it’s not just her people she loved, Diana loved people in general and she never met a stranger. If a person talked to her for just a few minutes, they had a new friend.

Almost three years ago, Diana was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Even as her disease made it harder to breathe and be mobile, she never stopped moving and living each day she had. She even started and ran a support group for those with lung disease at La Grange Adventist Hospital, wanting to offer to comfort and resources to others struggling to breathe. Any chance she got, Diana liked to give and help others.

Diana’s Family is grateful to the amazing lung transplant team at the University of Chicago who have cared for her over the last year and specifically the last five months.

Diana is survived by her wonderful husband Tom Pierce, her son Douglas Martin of Riverside, IL and daughter whom she shared a special bond, Kelly McGinnis and her husband Ryan McGinnis of La Grange Park, IL and her stepchildren Marc Martin, Patrick Martin, Colleen Martin and Vicki Silber and her three nieces and three nephews. Diana was preceded in death by her parents and her two brothers, George and Ronald Boots.

Diana will be greatly missed by all of those who love her, her family, her friends from Seasons’ Hospice, her neighbors ad her girlfriends “The Crazies” with whom she shared a 35 year friendship. Her time on Earth may have been cut too short, but she will live on in the hearts of all of those she touched. We love you always and forever Di.

Memorial Visitation, Tuesday, March 22nd from 3 – 8 p.m. at Dreschler Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Family and friends will gather Wednesday, March 23rd at St. Giles Church, 1045 Columbian Ave., Oak Park for a 10:30 a.m. Memorial Mass. Interment Private. Donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 304, Chicago, Illinois 60611-3201.

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Memorial Visitation




3:00 PM 3/22/2016 3:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 3/22/2016 8:00:00 PM
Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home

203 South Marion Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home
203 South Marion Street Oak Park 60302 IL
United States

Memorial Mass




10:30 AM 3/23/2016 10:30:00 AM
St. Giles Church

1045 Columbian Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302

St. Giles Church
1045 Columbian Ave. Oak Park 60302 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60611
230 East Ohio Street, Suite 304, Chicago, Illinois 60611-3201

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