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Diane Bucklar
  • September 29, 1946
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  • January 26, 2021

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Obituary

On Tuesday, January 26, 2021, Diane Bucklar, loving wife and mother of three children, passed away at the age of 74.

Diane was born on September 29, 1946 in Oak Park, Illinois to Eugene and Eleanor Priebe. She received her Elementary Education degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign in 1968. On July 6, 1968, she married John Raymond Bucklar. They raised one daughter, Christine, and two sons, John and Jeffrey.

Diane’s true passion in life was her family, friends and students. She lit up every room with her radiant smile. No matter the length of time you knew her, you felt as though she was a long time friend. Her warmth and compassion touched so many hearts. As a mother, she was always supportive, loving, honest and loyal. She loved her “Grands” with all her soul and they are so blessed to have had the most caring and doting Mimi. She never missed a birthday, anniversary or special moment. She took so much pride in all of her family’s accomplishments and never missed the chance to tell them about it. She was LOVE!

Diane is preceded in death by her mother, Eleanor, her father, Eugene and her sister Barbara Retzler. She is survived by her husband, John, her three children Christie (Mark) Nelson, John (Marie) Bucklar and Jeff (Andrea) Bucklar and her six grandchildren Ashley, Brooke and Carly Nelson, Jack and Zoe Bucklar and Connor Bucklar as well as her sister Patricia Dalton.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 6th, 2021 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church (5323 E CR 462, Wildwood, FL) at 10:30 am (EST).

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church or Ronald McDonald House (www.rmhc.org/donate). Masks and Social Distancing required.

The service will be broadcasted live:
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Tribute Wall

  1. 11 Feb 2021
    Shelly Baumann says:
    Diane was a happy, caring person who enjoyed people. I worked with Diane at May Watts and can only characterize her as a bright light. Her dedication to her students as well as her ability to make you smile are a couple of things that stand out to me. She will be missed by family and friends, but her light will shine in our hearts forever. Rest in peace Diane.

  2. 10 Feb 2021
    Sandy Nurse says:
    I met Diane when we worked together at May Watts school. She was a great friend, kind, helpful, and was a great teacher. She was a lot of fun. May you all feel God's embrace during this difficult time. The memories you made together will be in your hearts forever.

  3. 08 Feb 2021
    Lynn DeNicolo says:
    Diane was one of the most genuine colleagues that I have every known in my years working at May Watts Elementary School. Her unconditional love for the students and her welcoming smile made everyone's day so much better. May God comfort you during this difficult time, and may you feel Diane's forever love as you hold her beautiful smile and cherished memories in your hearts. Continue to hug each other a little tighter each and every day...my sincere condolences to your entire family.

  4. 06 Feb 2021
    Gloria Olson lit a candle:
    Lit since February 6, 2021 at 2:46:56 PM

  5. 06 Feb 2021
    Kathy Lavery & Family says:
    A beautiful service for an amazing wife, Mom, Mimi, sister & friend!!

    You will be terribly missed by so many. Rest In Peace, Diane ❤️

  6. 06 Feb 2021
    The Eriksen Family lit a candle:
    Lit since February 6, 2021 at 2:05:44 PM

  7. 06 Feb 2021
    The Eriksen Family says:
    Auntie Diane...you will be missed!! Some of my favorite memories were Christmas Day at the Bucklar's! From the moment you step into Diane's kitchen...you are laughing, reminiscing and probably tossed into some sort of game that often became very competitive. You had such a gift Auntie Diane and you always lit up the room. I am forever grateful for those memories and I will hold those close to my heart. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you all during this time.

  8. 06 Feb 2021
    Jen Blockinger lit a candle:
    Lit since February 6, 2021 at 2:03:39 PM

  9. 06 Feb 2021
    Michele Goshko says:
    Christie your wonderful mom is a source of the many the things I love most about you. I am so sad for your families heartbreak. Please lean on your friends who are ready to be what you need.

  10. 06 Feb 2021
    Michele Goshko lit a candle:
    Lit since February 6, 2021 at 2:56:57 PM

  11. 06 Feb 2021
    Eric lit a candle:
    Lit since February 6, 2021 at 2:26:01 PM

  12. 06 Feb 2021
    Jigs Wheaton lit a candle:
    Lit since February 6, 2021 at 2:10:56 PM

  13. 06 Feb 2021
    Tim and Therese says:
    Jack, Christie, Mark, John, Marie, Jeff, Andrea, Brooke, Ashley, Carlie, Jack, Zoe and CJ- Thinking about you all today. Wish we could be there with you. Please know that we will be watching from Crystal Lake, sending love, hugs and support.

  14. 06 Feb 2021
    Scott Bacom lit a candle:
    Lit since February 6, 2021 at 2:15:22 PM

  15. 06 Feb 2021
    DeAcetis Family lit a candle:
    Lit since February 6, 2021 at 2:14:03 PM

  16. 06 Feb 2021
    Diane Wagener says:
    Our friendship dates back to early grade school and includes countless memorable times together. Summer weeks at the Priebe vacation home in Benton Harbor are forever etched in my memory not only for the “adventures” but also for the Priebe family time we all enjoyed. Diane emulated her parents in that same inclusive caring and ever present, genuine smile. Always staying close, how perfect that you all moved to Naperville and we had that close proximity again. My heart aches for Jack, Christi, Jeff, John and their families. Diane was special and we are all so fortunate to have had her in our lives. My love and prayers to Diane’s wonderful family.

  17. 06 Feb 2021
    Tom and Mary Phillips says:
    Jack, Cristy, John and Jeff, we are so sadden by the loss of Diane. Our prayers are with you

  18. 06 Feb 2021
    Cindy Stahl lit a candle:
    Lit since February 6, 2021 at 2:50:02 AM

  19. 06 Feb 2021
    Matthew Dalton says:
    Our hearts ache for the passing of Diane. I will always remember Christmas day at the Bucklars being so special. For me it pretty much defines my childhood recollection of what Christmas day was growing up. These are memories that nobody can take away from any of us. :)
    Dancing on a wedding reception dance floor will also never be the same without Diane to boogie down with!! I am so thankful to Jack and Diane and the whole family for all the unforgettable memories. Please

  20. 05 Feb 2021
    Marti Kozar and family lit a candle:
    Lit since February 5, 2021 at 2:11:15 PM

  21. 05 Feb 2021
    Diane Malanowski lit a candle:
    Lit since February 5, 2021 at 2:40:12 PM

  22. 05 Feb 2021
    Debbie Holba lit a candle:
    Lit since February 5, 2021 at 2:52:37 PM

  23. 05 Feb 2021
    Dan and Marilyn Schneider lit a candle:
    Lit since February 5, 2021 at 2:51:33 PM

  24. 05 Feb 2021
    Dan and Marilyn Schneider lit a candle:
    Lit since February 5, 2021 at 2:50:13 PM

  25. 04 Feb 2021
    Seth Waschitz lit a candle:
    Lit since February 4, 2021 at 2:47:43 PM

  26. 04 Feb 2021
    Donna Waitkus lit a candle:
    Lit since February 4, 2021 at 2:30:30 PM

  27. 04 Feb 2021
    Ann Macauley says:
    Jack, So very sorry for your family's loss. Diane was such a lovely person.

  28. 04 Feb 2021
    Sandy Baker says:
    Jack, first of all my deepest condolences to you and your family. Diane was the light of the room, fun loving and a dear friend. Card group was a hoot because Diane was there. And then there were all the fun times we had with you as a couple. You guys were the best hosts! I have a picture of our group that Diane hosted on my birthday that Mary gave me as a parting gift. It is on my nightstand titled This is Us. It means even more now! Sorry I won’t be able to be there Saturday❤️

  29. 04 Feb 2021
    Romy & Ellen says:
    Jack, Christie, John, Jeff, & family,
    Our hearts goes out to all of you after the sudden loss. Diane was a lovely person who will be missed dearly. We will cherish all the memories forever.
    Love always, Romy & Ellen

  30. 04 Feb 2021
    Ron and Judi Wickline lit a candle:
    Lit since February 4, 2021 at 2:29:25 PM

  31. 04 Feb 2021
    Dan Wilson says:
    John: Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Diane was such a sweet and warm person who seemed to be the perfect balance for the both of you. We always enjoyed out times together and she will be sorely missed. Our love and best wishes are wrapped around you. Sincerely, Dan and Nancy

  32. 04 Feb 2021
    Ted and Bev Ivins says:
    Rest In Peace Diane. You were a ray of sunshine to all the Mattiseniks and you will be missed by all the neighbors.

  33. 04 Feb 2021
    Tom and Mary Phillips lit a candle:
    Lit since February 4, 2021 at 2:33:34 PM

  34. 04 Feb 2021
    Debbie and Jamie Brand lit a candle:
    Lit since February 4, 2021 at 2:45:22 AM

  35. 04 Feb 2021
    Jim Holik says:
    Mrs. Bucklar was such a kind, caring person who brightened a room with her smile, had a great sense of humor and was always fun to be around. I have so many great memories spent with the Bucklar fam. One of my favorites is that we always had the party bus for a Jimmy Buffett show leave from Mr. and Mrs. B’s house. No better way to start a fun night than hanging out with those two! Mrs. B will be missed by many.

  36. 04 Feb 2021
    Romy & Ellen lit a candle:
    Lit since February 4, 2021 at 2:54:59 AM

  37. 04 Feb 2021
    Jon & Claire Lawrence lit a candle:
    Lit since February 4, 2021 at 2:21:22 AM

  38. 04 Feb 2021
    Jeff Bucklar lit a candle:
    Lit since February 4, 2021 at 2:46:44 AM

  39. 04 Feb 2021
    Jeff Bucklar lit a candle:
    Lit since February 4, 2021 at 2:45:52 AM

  40. 04 Feb 2021
    Jeff Bucklar lit a candle:
    Lit since February 4, 2021 at 2:43:16 AM

  41. 04 Feb 2021
    Bridget Kress says:
    We had the privilege of living next door to Jack and Diane. Diane was a wonderful friend, and she had such a warm smile. We looked forward to seeing her out on the back deck for our daily conversation. Diane had such an impact on my children, she watched them grow -up. She was always there to talk and lend advice. Diane we were so blessed to have you as a part of our lives. We will miss that warm, and they way you lit up a room. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time Kress Family

  42. 03 Feb 2021
    Fran Reeverts lit a candle:
    Lit since February 3, 2021 at 2:56:33 PM

  43. 03 Feb 2021
    Fran Reeverts says:
    I had the honor to work with Diane at May Watts and became friends. She is always the kindness, loving, caring person with the most beautiful smile. She shared so many proud stories about her beautiful family. She had touched my life and I will hold her friendship and love tight in my heart. I will really miss her. Farewell my dear friend and rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers to John and family.

  44. 03 Feb 2021
    John Bucklar lit a candle:
    Lit since February 3, 2021 at 2:37:00 PM

  45. 03 Feb 2021
    Carole Wallace says:
    I loved Diane so much. She was a wonderful cousin and friend. Her family was the most important thing in her life. I really enjoyed listening to stories about them and looking at their pictures.
    Diane was so smart, so clever, and a great artist. I will really miss her.

  46. 03 Feb 2021
    Jeanann & Bob lit a candle:
    Lit since February 3, 2021 at 2:54:34 PM

  47. 03 Feb 2021
    Sue Hemmens lit a candle:
    Lit since February 3, 2021 at 2:41:53 PM

  48. 03 Feb 2021
    Stephanie Mauter says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. May happy memories comfort all of you at this difficult time.

  49. 03 Feb 2021
    Helen Keene says:
    Diane was a great friend and co-worker for all of us at May Watts School. She made us laugh and helped us in every way possible. She loved working with the students and it showed. She will be dearly missed by all of us who had the privilege of knowing her. Prayers and condolences to the entire Bucklar Family.

  50. 03 Feb 2021
    Sherry McCavitt says:
    Sending prayers, hugs and love to Jack and family. My heart is broken but the memories of our friendship live on. Love you, Diane

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