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Diane Louise (Wisegarver) Kennedy

November 17, 1947 ~ October 23, 2018 (age 70)

Diane Louise (Wisegarver) Kennedy

Glue That Held Her Family Together

Diane Louise (Wisegarver) Kennedy, age 70, of Enola, went peacefully with her loving husband by her side on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.  Diane was born on Monday, November 17, 1947 in Enola to the late Jay Harry Wisegarver and Florence May (Houser) Wisegarver.  In addition to her parents, Diane is preceded in death by her two sisters: Karen Durham and Melanie Wisegarver.

 Diane’s survivors include her husband of 54 years, Howard “Doug” Douglas Kennedy, Sr.; her three children: Rebecca “Becky” May Noss of Mechanicsburg, Howard “Doug” Douglas Kennedy, Jr. and his wife, Dana, of Secane, Jennifer Diane Kennedy and her companion, Kevin Gilmore, of Harrisburg; her two special nieces: Tiesha Worley and her husband, Paul, of Enola, Jamie Brooks of Harrisburg; her ten grandchildren: Curtis Malone, Ryan Noss and his wife, Carolyn, Brandon Cox, Jordan Cox, Laura Noss, Leah Noss, Vienna Nicolosi, Gianna Duden, Ashlyn Noss and Andrew Kennedy; her great-granddaughter: Piper Noss;  her two brothers: Steven Wisegarver and his wife, Elizabeth, of Dauphin, Bryan Wisegarver of Marysville; her four sisters: Brenda Witmer and her husband, Lester, of Bowsman, MT, Susan Emmanuel of Panama City, FL, Lauren Coover and her husband, Roger, of Marysville, Marcia Wisegarver of Dauphin; and many nieces and nephews.

Diane attended East Pennsboro High School in Enola.  She adored planning holiday gatherings and family get-togethers as well as driving on road trips and going on adventures for ice cream.  Her garden was her safe haven, much as she was a refuge to all who came to her in a time of need.  Diane never turned anyone away; she was fearless and always willing to try anything.  She truly was the glue that held the family together and made sure they all spent precious time with one another.  Her family cherishes the fact that she was so close with her grandchildren and great-granddaughter. 

All are welcome to join Diane’s family at her gathering of family and friends on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. until time of service at 11:30 a.m. at Myers - Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory, 37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; with Reverend George A. Spangler officiating.  Burial will follow immediately in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville.  Diane’s family invites everyone to join them for a time of food and fellowship at the West Shore Brethren in Christ Church, 1085 Orrs Bridge Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 immediately following the burial.

The family sends their most heartfelt thanks to nursing staff on the Sixth Floor at Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital and everyone at Andrews and Patel Associates in Camp Hill who so lovingly cared for Diane during her illness.

Contributions in celebration of Diane’s life can be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 897, Hershey, PA 17033,, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004,, or National Down Syndrome Congress, 30 Mansell Court, Suite 108, Roswell, GA 30076,

Diane’s family has entrusted her care to Myers – Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Diane’s full obituary, view her memorial video, and sign her official guest book at

Donations may be made to:

American Cancer Society - Hershey
P.O. Box 897, Hershey PA 17033

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York NY 10004

National Down Syndrome Congress
30 Mansell Court, Suite 108, Roswell GA 30076

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