January 01, 1970

Diane P. Rowader

Age 86, of Valencia, formerly of Cranberry Township and Whitehall, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Born January 8, 1935, daughter of the late Joseph and Odile (LeGrave) Pierre. Beloved wife of the late Thomas C. Rowader; loving mother of Laura R. Camp (Robert), Susan R. Mutschler (Lawrence), Mary D. Vaughan (the late Butch), Thomas C. Rowader, Jr. (Valerie), Christine R. Stevens (Herb) and Kathleen E. Tallo (Christopher); treasured grandmother of 20 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; dear sister of Mary Pierre, Patricia Tweedale (Mark), Debbie Thorsen (Bob), Denise Fitzgerald (Craig), and the late Don, Dale, and Douglas Pierre.

Born during a snowstorm in a farmhouse in Brussels, Wisconsin, Diane grew up in Champaign, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Illinois where she was president of Chi Omega sorority. She moved to new cities with her husband and family several times in their early years, raising six children in the Pittsburgh area (Whitehall). After the children were grown, she and her husband spent several years in Cincinnati, Ohio, then returned to Pittsburgh to settle in Cranberry Township, where she was a parishioner of St. Ferdinand’s Church. She enjoyed golfing, photography, birding, reading, playing cards and board games and spending time with all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her last 6 plus years were spent bravely battling Alzheimer’s disease. Diane’s quiet kindness and loving generous spirit will be missed by all.

Family and friends are welcome on Monday from 5-7 pm at Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry, 2678 Rochester Road, Cranberry Twp. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday at 10 am at St. Ferdinand Church. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.

Donations may be made in Diane’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

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