POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Diane R. Conroy, a resident of Poughkeepsie, died Monday, May 16. She was 76.
She was the oldest daughter of Herbert and Helen (Flaherty) Liscomb of Brockton, Mass.
She was a 1957 graduate of Brockton High School. She met her future husband while working at a bank, where she said "inside my head his name appeared in lights!" She raised six children and was their biggest fan at (and driver to) sporting events, school concerts and plays. Growing up, her father managed a local SPCA office. This began a lifelong love of animals (and a houseful of pets), as well as a concern for others.
She was a room mother for her kids, as well as a president of the Spackenkill PTA. She opened her home to foreign exchange students and those without Thanksgiving plans. She sold POW-MIA bracelets and wore one on her wrist for decades. She taught CCD classes and managed the Summer Joy program at St. Mary's Church and worked with her friends as a professional child caregiver at Mama Shirley's Child Care.
She is survived by her children, Dori, D-J, Diana (Fred Boehrer), Darrin (Suzanne), Douglas and Danielle (Micah Olson); her sister and brother-in-law Karen and Richard Kelliher; her grandchildren Corey and Christopher (Laura) Lamonica, Freddie Boehrer, Erin Levesque, Helen and Carol Conroy and Sylvie Conroy; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.
She was predeceased by her husband, Daivd; and her brother, Herbert Jr.
Calling hours will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Straub, Catalano and Halvey Funeral Home, 55 E. Main St., Wappingers Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered to celebrate her life at 10 a.m.Monday at St. Mary's Church, Wappingers Falls. Inurnment at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery will immediately follow.
To honor her memory, please make a donation to Emmaus House (Albany Catholic Worker), 45 Trinity Place, Albany, NY 12202 or St. Peter's Hospital Foundation (ALS Regional Center), 310 S. Manning Boulevard, Albany, NY 12208 or plant a tree in her name.
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