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Diane Vernarec

1943 ~ 2018 (age 75)

Diane Vernarec, 75, of Lanoka Harbor died Saturday October 6, 2018.

Diane led a simple but joyful life and loved and appreciated the many precious family and friends who shared in her journey.

Diane was born in Passaic, NJ, March 4,1943 and grew up in Clifton, NJ.  She graduated Clifton High School- Class of 1960, where she met her future husband Joe Vernarec her junior year in high school.  Diane and Joe still meet every six weeks with some of those classmates, who now all live in the same area of Southern Jersey.  Diane continued her education at Montclair State University and received a degree in Speech and Drama. 

After graduating college, she got married to her high school sweet heart, Joe, in August of 1964.  And after having three children, Diane and Joe moved to Lanoka Harbor, NJ where she and Joe continued to raise their family. 

While Diane’s children were all in school, she substitute taught at Lacey Twp. High School for 18 years.  In addition to the enjoyment of raising a family, she regarded teaching as the most noble and rewarding of experiences. She also enjoyed reading, listening to music, the art of dance, and doing word puzzles.  Passing on family history became of utmost importance to her.

She is predeceased by her mother, Lydia (Olson) Rich; her father, Clifford Rich and an infant brother.

Surviving is her husband of 54 years, Joe and their three children and spouses:  Jaimee and Vincent Layton, Kurt Vernarec and Colleen Murphy, and Kara and Eric Fiedler.  Diane is also survived by her five grandchildren: Jessica, Chelsey and Cassidy Layton and twins, Dylan and Dakota Fiedler.  Her extended family includes Bob Rich, Bob Corbin, Casey Delaune and Marla Forschino.

Life is a bitter-sweet adventure, learn to treasure and enjoy its moments.



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