Diane Wheelock

Obituary of Diane Moore Wheelock

Beloved Diane Moore Wheelock of DeWitt, passed away at Iroquois Nursing Home on September 26, 2020, after suffering brain damage from a fall in her home in late May. She was born in Wellsville, Ohio on January 19, 1938 and graduated with honors in Biology from Kent State University, after which she was employed in virus research at Park Davis in Detroit. In June of 1963, she married Franklin K. Wheelock in Detroit. In 1968, she moved with her husband to DeWitt, where she became active in volunteer work with Council of Park Friends and later became employed by NY State Parks as an Environmental Education Coordinator after obtaining her Master’s degree with honors at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She was noted for her love of nature and had a reputation as a tree hugger and flower gardener. Diane was lovely inside and out and everybody loved and respected her. Other highlights of her life included being high school salutatorian in a class of 117, being a drum majorette, and being homecoming queen. She was a skilled skier and won racing trophies in the sport, as well as being an excellent tennis player and not too bad a golfer. She was widely traveled, having been in over 60 countries in 6 continents, and loved the adventure and sightseeing. She is survived by her husband, Franklin Wheelock; her daughter, Heather Wheelock-Alfreds (Jeff) of East Syracuse; and granddaughters, Samantha Stevens, Brittany Alfreds, and Taylor Alfreds. Visitation will be Sunday, October 4 from 2-4 pm at Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel, 3690 Erie Blvd East, DeWitt. Funeral services will be Monday at 10 am at the funeral home, followed by interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery, DeWitt. CDC and NYS guidelines will be followed. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to CNY Cat Coalition, PO Box 6182, Syracuse, NY 13217 or CNY SPCA, 5878 E. Molloy Road, Syracuse, NY 13211.
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Sunday
4
October

Visitation

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 4, 2020
Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel
3690 Erie Blvd East
DeWitt, New York, United States
315-446-5500
Monday
5
October

Funeral Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Monday, October 5, 2020
Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel
3690 Erie Blvd East
DeWitt, New York, United States
315-446-5500
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