Dyana Lynn Petro passed away at the age of 48 on April 28, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Dyana was predeceased by her father, Adam J. Iaquinto, and is survived by her husband, Doug Petro; sons Asher Petro and Campbell Petro; stepson Taylor Hudock; mother Foye-Marie Iaquinto; brother Adam A. Iaquinto; birth parents Marilynn Draxl and Hugo Keesing; and faithful pup Colby.
Dyana was born on Long Island, New York and moved to Orlando in 1984 when her father retired from the Nassau County Police Department. She attended West Orange High School in Winter Garden, the University of South Florida in Tampa and Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport. Dyana and Doug met while attending law school at Stetson and married in 1995. They moved to the Orlando area in 1997 where they raised their sons, Asher and Campbell.
As an attorney, Dyana specialized in real property law and excelled at eminent domain work on behalf of property owners and acquiring authorities during her time as a partner at the Gray Robinson law firm and as Assistant General Counsel for the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority.
Forever a New York girl, Dyana always looked forward to returning to NYC for shopping, Broadway shows, Billy Joel concerts and seeing her favorite landmark – the Chrysler Building. She also loved getting her feet sandy on Indian Rocks Beach and escaping to cooler weather in the mountains of North Carolina and Colorado.
Dyana’s heart was fullest when she was giving to others, from serving for nine years as the youngest board member of the Florida United Methodist Foundation to being team mom to Lake Highland’s Boys Cross Country and Track Distance teams for multiple seasons. She was a devoted wife, caring mother and loyal friend. Dyana also was a natural strategist and problem solver, with a knack for anticipating the needs of others. It brought her joy to use these talents to help friends and family during challenging situations.
A memorial service celebrating Dyana’s life will be held on Saturday, June 1 at 11:00 a.m. in First Presbyterian Church of Orlando’s Reformation Chapel. Friends and family are invited to gather in the King Parlor immediately following for a time to catch up and reminisce.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in Dyana’s memory to the following organizations that were near and dear to her heart: Florida United Methodist Children’s Home (fumch.org) and Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation (cannonballkidscancer.org).