Diane M. Lane (Thompson), 67, of Mechanicsburg passed away peacefully with her husband at her side on Wednesday September 27, 2023, at Arden Courts Memory Care in Harrisburg. She has gone to heaven for healing and eternal rest after a two-year journey with multiple health challenges. Born in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of C. Edward Thompson and the late Gale D. Thompson and was the wife of George W. Lane with whom she celebrated 45 years of marriage.
Diane graduated with honors from Mechanicsburg High School in 1974 and Suma Cum Laude from Messiah College in 1978. She devoted her entire career to serving families with children. She began as an elementary school teacher with the West Shore School District. After starting a family, she became the director of Silver Spring Pre-School Center and then Shepherdstown Preschool Center so that she could take her boys with her to continue to work with children. Diane most recently was a well-recognized Early Intervention Developmental Evaluation Co-Ordinator and a therapist with the Pinnacle/UPMC Infant Development Program (IDP) for over twenty years. She was also an early childhood guest lecturer at Messiah College and requested speaker for local parenting classes and events. Over the years, she worked with and assisted a countless number of families in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, and York counties with raising their young children. She had retired in March.
Before moving to Mechanicsburg, she resided in the Borough of Shiremanstown with her husband and sons for over thirty years. During that time, she served for several years on the Shiremanstown Borough Council as President, as President of the West Shore Council of Governments, and as chairman of the Zoning Hearing Board. She was a long-time member of the Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church serving as a Sunday School teacher, youth fellowship leader and member of Session.
Diane greatly enjoyed spending time with her family, celebrating holidays and birthdays, going to theatre events, decorating cakes, doing puzzles, and playing board games. She also loved being in the pool at her home and would have it opened early and closed late each year to enjoy the tranquility of the water as much as possible. Her favorite place to travel was the beach, especially a Caribbean Island at an all-inclusive resort. She was an avid Boston Celtics and West Virginia Mountaineers fan and loved going with her family to cheer for them at basketball and football games.
She was preceded in death by her mother Gale D. Thompson. Diane is survived by her husband, George W. Lane; three sons, Jeffrey of Wilmington, NC, Brandon of Washington, DC, and Stephen of Glendale, AZ; her father, C. Edward Thompson; two brothers, Edward and his wife Linda of Gettysburg, PA and William and his wife Anne of Washington, DC; and her beloved canine companion during the last six months, Findley. She was a loyal friend and co-worker and a wonderful aunt to many nieces and nephews and their children. Diane will be cherished and missed dearly by the many hearts she touched during her life.
A memorial service to celebrate and remember Diane’s life will be held on October 6, 2023, at Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church at 300 East Simpson Street, Mechanicsburg, PA. Visitation will be from 9:00am to 11:00am with the service to begin at 11:00am.
Memorial contributions are requested to be made to Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church, the UPMC Infant Development Program, 2645 N 3rd St Harrisburg, PA 17110 or the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center, Case Western Reserve University, 2085 Adelbert Road, Cleveland, OH 44106-4907. www.mechpresby.org; www.upmc.com/services/south-central-pa/pediatrics/infant; https://case.edu/medicine/pathology/divisions/prion-center
The Sullivan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lane family.