Diane Gussman1941 – 2023

Diane Dee Gussman, peacefully passed away on October 15, 2023, at the age of 81, in Lake Forest Park, WA.

She was born on October 23, 1941, in Los Angeles, CA, to her parents Joseph and Eleana Schecter, who preceded her in death. Diane’s kind and compassionate spirit touched the lives of many, and she will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Diane had a zest for life that was reflected in her vibrant personality and diverse interests. Dogs held a special place in her heart, and she showered them with love and affection. She was also a social butterfly, effortlessly making friends wherever she went. Whether she was in Los Angeles County or Island County, Diane always found a way to connect with others and forge meaningful relationships. She had a genuine warmth and was always the first to introduce herself to new acquaintances.

An avid gardener, Diane found solace in nurturing plants and flowers. Her green thumb was evident in the beautiful blooms she cultivated. Her love for gardening even led her to participate in competitions, showcasing her talent and dedication. Additionally, Diane was a staunch supporter of various humanitarian and ecological endeavors. She believed in making a positive impact on the world around her and actively contributed to causes she held dear.

Diane is survived by her beloved dog, Gibbs, who was a constant source of joy and comfort in her life. She is also survived by her son Joseph Gussman, her grandchildren Jordan, Machali, and Coleman Gussman, her daughter-in-law Bonnie Levitsky, her sister Syvia Dhenin, and her nieces Jill Smolin and Elizabeth Herzfeld. Diane’s Island friends, who became her chosen family, were incredibly important to her, and their memories of her will forever be cherished.

A ceremony to honor Diane’s life will be held at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California, where she will be laid to rest near her parents. This serene and beautiful location will serve as a peaceful final resting place for Diane.

A Community Gathering for Diane will be planned for the Spring.

Diane Dee Gussman will be remembered for her kind heart, her love for dogs, her green thumb, and her unwavering support for humanitarian and ecological causes. Her presence will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. May she rest in eternal peace.