Diana J. Assante, age 91 of Valle Crucis, NC, passed away at home Monday afternoon October 12, 2020.

Born October 28, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY to George & Florence H. Shannon. She worked in communications with Western Union International, Inc. which is now Verizon. And, retired in 1981 from Verizon. She and the love of her life retired to Valle Crucis from New Jersey to enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains. She was the best, amazing, crafty, smart, giving and beautiful lady to all who knew her. She loved photography, crocheting, knitting, horses, bird watching and working in her flower gardens. Her pride & joy was her family and her dog companion

Diana is survived by one daughter Diana Jane Assante of Valle Crucis, NC, two step-daughters, Lisa Rossow & Dennis of Cape Coral, FL and Debra Calder & Gary of Okemos, MI. One sister Florence Shannon Cherry, Shell Point, Fort Myers, Fl.
Also, survived by her grandchildren Michael Townsend & Fiancé Stephany Greene, Mark & Natalie Townsend all of Valle Crucis, NC, Chris & Carla King of Marshville, NC, Sara King of Fort Myers FL, Mariah & Mikey Ginzel of Port Huron, MI, Toni Lee Assante of Port Huron, MI, Cari & Seth Kay of Portage, MI, Patrick Calder of Salt Lake City, Utah, Chris & Amanda Calder of Saint Paul, MN,four special great grandchildren, Kaelynn Grace, Brynlee Gail, Levi Anthony and Markus Reid Townsend and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her loving husband Michael J. Assante and one sister Ethel H. LeBeau.

Services for Diana will be conducted Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 11 AM at St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country Catholic Church.

Diana's family would like to Thank Medi Home Hospice over the past 2 1/2 yrs. Also, a thank you to a special caregiver & friend over the past year to Cathy York of Boone, NC.

Contributions can be made to Medi Home Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 102, Boone, NC 28607 or to Watauga Humane Society, 312 Paws Way, Boone, NC 28607 or any choice worthy of donations.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Assante family.

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