OBIT Diane S. Atkinson (5/4/1948 - 10/30/2011)
Diane S. Atkinson 1948 - 2011 NORTH PORT, FL Diane S. Atkinson, 63, of North Port, passed away Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, after her courageous battle with cancer. Diane was born May 4, 1948, in Pittsfield, MA, daughter of Harold and Ruth Nee Besaw Sargent. She attended local schools, graduating from Pittsfield High School in 1966. She then went to McCann Tech where she graduated as a Surgical Tech Assistant in 1967. She stayed in Pittsfield, working at Berkshire Medical Center in the surgical ward, also numerous local nursing homes. She then moved to Florida where she continued to work in nursing homes, and later becoming a hospice nurse. Diane loved to knit, croquet, and she loved to clean. Diane is survived by her longtime friend and companion Harold Ross, her daughters Lauri Panetti, of Adams, MA, Barbi Atkinson, of North Port, FL, her brothers, Stuart T. Sargent of Peru, MA, Harold W. Sargent, of New Blaine, AR, her grandkids Samantha Panetti, Dominic Panetti, Baili Atkinson, numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her sister Ruth Kuisti. FUNERAL NOTICE- Funeral services for Diane S. Atkinson will be held at a later date in the spring, with a date and time to be announced. Donations in her memory can be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires, 877 South St., Suite 4 East, Pittsfield, MA 01201. BARTLETT WELLINGTON FUNERAL HOME 525 MAIN ST. DALTON MA is in charge of arrangements. In accordance with her wishes, following cremation, she will be buried at the convenience of the family.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on November 13, 2011