Dianne O'Connell, a resident of Boston, Mass., ageless, passed away Oct. 23, 2012, at Brigham and Woman's Hospital, after a battle with cervical cancer.
Born in upstate New York to proud parents Mary and Richard Berry, she grew up in beautiful Fairfield, Maine, until graduating from Lawrence High School.
Married to Robert O'Connell, later divorced, but first they were quite pleased to produce two children, Mitch and Anne-Catharine.
A planned career as a fashion designer was interrupted by being a fantastic new mom, but she later managed to juggle both when pursuing a different career path, earning her bachelor of arts degree at the University of Michigan, her master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees in clinical psychology at the University of Colorado, and also did post-doctoral studies at New York University.
She put these skills to work at Pitney Bowes in Connecticut, Hay Group, Harris Corp. and American Express in New York and, most recently, Fidelity Investments in Boston.
Also, her service outside human resources was also very important to her. She was on the board of the Good Will-Hinckley Home for Boys and Girls and was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and WomenHeart (support for women living with heart disease), giving talks, seminars and counseling. She also enjoyed volunteering with the Back Bay Neighborhood Association.
She is survived by her children and her grandchildren, Rich, Emma and Alice Polini, and Leo and Kieran O'Connell. Also survived by much-extended family and many friends, whose lives were also quite enriched by having known her.
A memorial service is at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at the chapel of the Arlington Street Church, located at the corner of Arlington and Boylston streets in Boston. Reception to follow, entrance via Boylston Street.