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Obituary: Kathryn Diane Fesko Simsich

"Dances and Sings with Angels"

12/21/42 ~ 3/9/03

Kathryn Diane Simsich Fesko, daughter of Olivia Petersen Fesko and Robert Fesko and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, was granted heavenly peace on March 9, 2003 after a valiant struggle with cancer.

She favored lavender, polar bears, and angels and had a penchant for collecting things beautiful. She embodied a rare and precious mélange of pure femininity; delicate, but determined; lovely and loving; classy, yet casual; honestly humble; wise beyond her years, tempered with a sweet naïveté; confident, but cautious; passionate, yet prudent. She was sharing, caring, and amazingly selfless; quietly courageous with an inner strength; amusing and on occasion slightly silly; and once and forever, a true friend.

Diane wore levis or lace with equal charm and grace. In conversation, her green eyes danced, her smile would light up a room, and her laugh was simply magic. Modest and disarmingly candid, she was a beautiful and exceptional woman in every way.

Her family came first. As a devoted mother, her loyalty and commitment knew no limits. She honored her marriage earnestly and faithfully for 39 years. When she became your friend, you became her family; always under her protection and showered with affection. She had a tender heart and any lucky animal she adopted had a permanent home on easy street.

One of life's noblest callings is that of Caregiver. Diane was born to the role and spent much of her life in the service of others. Initially nurturing her mother and later as a tireless volunteer helping the infirm, with the American Cancer Society, do what they could not do for themselves. With no thought of complaint, her patience, compassion, mercy and energy never wavered. Her friends have become legion and her legacy lives within us.

In a cruel life paradox, Diane was diagnosed with terminal cancer at age 59. An inspiration to all, she accepted her destiny with poise, dignity, and an indomitable spirit.

Celebrating the memory of this lovely person are her husband, Frank; daughter, Kristine; "Mom, your time with me on earth was short, but you left me with so many gifts that surpass this worldly moment. You will always live in my heart and I will remember your touch, your words, and your love." son, Steve; "Your unconditional support and love for your strange boy with strange ideas is testament to your love of family. You made me feel ok not fitting in. You were there no matter what, and always will be." daughter-in-law, Lesley Fennell Simsich; grandsons Keaton and Duncan Simsich; her brother, Robert (Bob) Fesko, and a multitude of friends both near and far.

"Diane, we thank you for sharing your wisdom, strength and hope with us; for the humor we could always count on, and for reminding us that the bonds we form are everlasting."

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 14, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. at the Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main, where friends may call Thursday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 11:45 - 12:45 prior to services. Interment-Bountiful Cemetery.

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