Diane L. Vogelsang

Diane L. Vogelsang

June 22, 1936 - February 18, 2014

Diane L. Vogelsang

June 22, 1936 - February 18, 2014


Diane “De De” Vogelsang, born June 22, 1936, went home to God on February 18, 2014, surrounded by her loving husband Peter; her children Lori, Lisa, John, and Krissy; and her sister Donna. Her grace and strength in her final days helped her loved ones transform the pain of their loss into a spiritual journey of unconditional love.

Diane was born to Evelyn and Harry Simonini on a summer day in Illinois. Her bright blue eyes melted their hearts. The family moved to southern California in 1940, her home for the remainder of her life.

She attended Immaculate Heart High School where many life-long friendships were formed. Her circle of friends expanded during college and throughout her life. These friendships filled her world with laughter, adventure, and fellowship which she treasured.

It was during high school that she first met Peter, the love of her life. Driving up the windy road to Lake Arrowhead was where the spark was first felt. Her sweetheart pinned her at Loyola University, and they married in 1959. Diane was a stewardess for Western Airlines and later worked for TWA in St. Louis while Peter attended medical school. These were lean years, but Diane’s “God helps those who help themselves” attitude prevailed.

Diane’s diversified career began with “A Tisket A Tasket” a business she started which created custom gift baskets, with NBC being a major client. From here, she moved to Natural Family Planning. As a leader and team builder, she trained nurses in the US, Africa, India, and South America.

Diane’s most gratifying career was being a positive and nurturing wife, mother, and grandmother. Her endless acts of love included planning family trips, cheering on the sidelines, and making weekly Sunday night calls to her nine grandchildren. She embraced each one’s uniqueness and encouraged them to be proud of being “a horse of another color.”

Diane lived every moment to its fullest, had no regrets, and passed this philosophy on to her family. She enjoyed watching the waves in Malibu and at the Mauna Kea and golfing in Palm Desert. Her daily errands included many bargain hunting trips to the 99 Cent Store. Her faith guided her to volunteer on many charitable boards which included serving as President of Social Service Auxiliary. She and Peter were soul mates who shared their passion for tennis, golf, Lakeside, travel, entertaining, and USC. Diane will remain forever Peter’s Princess.

Diane is survived by her loving husband Peter; their four children Lori (John), Lisa (Michael), John (Lisa), Krissy (John); her sister Donna (Ben); and 9 grandchildren and is preceded in death by son Richard.

Recitation of the Rosary 10:30 am with Funeral Mass at 11:00 am on Friday, February 28 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 13360 Valleyheart Drive in Sherman Oaks.

Interment private.

The family requests donations to Catholic Charities in lieu of flowers. Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, 1531 James M. Wood Blvd., PO Box 15095, Los Angeles, California, 90015, http://catholiccharitiesla.org

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6 responses to Diane L. Vogelsang

  1. Lori – God bless you and your family as your grieve over the loss of your dear mother. You are in my prayers. Liz (Hall) Badart

  2. kim appel says:

    To the Vogelsang Family,
    I am so sorry about the loss of your beautiful mother Diane. She was an amazing woman with such style and grace. Sending all of you prayers and love from the Appel family.

  3. Sandy pozzo says:

    Sending our love and support to the entire family. So many wonderful memories of over 30 years of friendship. Her memory and all she was will live within our hearts forever. Please remember your mothers strength and use it to get through this difficult time. May I remind you all of one of Diane’s favorite sayings “GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES “……with much love.
    The Pozzo’s

  4. Dear Peter Lori, Krissy, Lisa and John,
    Our hearts are full of sorrow for your loss and ours. Diane brightened up all our lives with her dynamic personality. and her wry sense of humor. I called her my paisan- she got a kick of of that- being Italian. Gosh she will be sorely missed.
    God bless each and every one of you.
    Love, Bob and Rae Dickinson

  5. My deepest sympathies to the entire Vogelsang family whom knew her best. I am so sorry for your loss but know that Diane’s memory will live on in so many that knew her. She was a wonderful lady who did so much for family and friends and I am so thankful for the kindness she bestowed upon our family. You will be sorely missed—Love Matt & Veronica Tallman

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