Our friend and neighbor, Diane Friedman passed away this morning just four days shy of her 75th birthday. Her given name was Rosalye, but she was known as Diane, so she would not be confused with her mother. She was one of nine children, three boys and six girls, and being the oldest daughter became a second mom to her younger siblings. She was fond of saying “the only thing I ever wanted was to be a mom!”
However, she achieved much more than that, while she was raising four sons, she went back to college and completed both her Bachelor of Art and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Stony Brook University becoming a Clinical Social Work Director for two long island agencies. She then started her own counseling business on Long Island with offices in Moriches and Jamesport. She retired in 2017 after moving to The Villages, but her clients continued to call to share their lives with her. She also was among the first Healing Touch Practitioners on Long Island, using energy work in her therapy sessions to assist her clients.
She leaves behind her husband, Glenn, and three sons Glenn Jr, Brian, and Andrew. Her fourth son Erik died last year. She also leaves five sisters and two brothers, ten grandchildren and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, etc.
The family asks that donations in her name go to Iona College at Iona.edu. Scroll down to the yellow box, give to Iona, click make a gift, and then designate the Brother Devlin Fund. In the comment box please write “In memory of Diane Friedman’ 67.” This fund designates all its money to students whose families have been hurt by COVID and provides immediate cash assistance to students in time of urgent need.
A memorial will be held when appropriate.
Diane was a special person and always made me feel loved. She was a strong willed woman with deeply held principles and a true sense of what is right —- and wrong. And as you know had a complete and sustaining love for all her family.
All my love
My wonderful friend Diane and me in 2019
I feel so very blessed to have met you a few years ago when I was visiting our mutual friend, Callie in the Villages.
Rest In Peace dearest girlfriend. You will remain in my heart forever .
My deepest sympathy to Glenn & family.
Diane & friend , Edith from Canada.